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Health Care Reform Facts Question & Answers

2016 January 21
by Sarah Fields

Daniel asks…

What theories can economics draw upon to evaluate Health care reforms?

Hi, I am a stduent studying Health Economics.
I am just wondering what kind of economic theories we can use when evaluating the health care reform.

Please let me know if you have any idea and thanks for reading!

Sarah Fields answers:

Economics theories on Health:

Welfare and microeconomics
Development
Individual Preferences
Public Goods
Costs and long run Social Benefits

First of all, health is an important matter related to the Welfare function of a nation.
W=W(h,ß)
The problem is to solve it doing Max W subject to a restriction of resources, monetary and non monetary.

The problem that arises is that welfare functions are not well defined though sometimes they can be deduced from individual utilities functions. Ordering microeconomic preferences of the individuals can also be one of the solutions.
On Health matters, unfortunately there´re no agreement because, essentially health is, in modern times, a problem for development.

When we focus on direct and real problems we have to build buildings such as hospitals and smaller centers minimizing costs such as transportation of the wounded, surgery rooms…using scientific managment if possible, and maximizing public welfare as a whole. We have to maximize other utilities, choosing the most efficient tecniques given a type of population and heath risks associated in the present and the future.

Most times political decisions are carried out when choosing locations and size of health centers but a good economist can take into account this fact as a variable in their models, getting a value that can vary from 0 or right wing to 1 or left wing.

µ=political decision
0<µ<1

To cut a long story short we can say that nobody is happy in the end and this has got too a good reason. All methods, all systems, all models and all decisions related to Health Economics are only parts or patches to a problem we only think of when we are ill.

Mandy asks…

What do you think about the effect on the health care reform, regarding the Massachusetts election?

If the winner is Republican Scott Brown, so that the Republicans have the number in the Senate to do a filibuster on the bill (block it). Probably most of you would like to see this health care reform bill stopped.

Sarah Fields answers:

The election of Scott Brown means that there’s not a single thing that’s EVER going to get done.
The republican party doesn’t DO anything. Their only “purpose” is to put a stop to everything that the democrats try to do. They don’t have any ideas of their own, they don’t do anything to help people that need it, they don’t do anything to forward people’s rights…they exist simply as a wall for any new ideas to hit before they can take hold and accomplish something. They are completely and utterly useless, and the fact that they are now going to have the power to filibuster means that they’re going to devote their entire existence to doing that. They don’t care what it is, and they don’t care whether or not it’s a good idea. They will filibuster it simply because they want to be able to say in 2012 that the Obama White House was not able to get anything done. It’s a political game for them and nothing more.
Republican obstructionist tactics have consistently nullified every single attempt to pass any meaningful legislation in this session of Congress, and it will continue through the end of Obama’s term. The Republicans filibuster literally every single measure the Democrats introduce, in an attempt to discredit the Obama administration and Democratic control of the legislative branch. By all appearances, the Obama administration has zero power, and Congress can’t seem to get anything done. The Republicans are now using the filibuster roughly 5 times as often as they used to, and they are using it not as a means of blocking disastrous legislation, but as a political tool purely to discredit the Democratic Party.
The election of Scott Brown…empowering the Republican abuse of the filibuster, has rendered our congress useless. Congress is now the biggest waste of taxpayer dollars in our country. Repubs think the health care plan was going to cost taxpayers money? It’s nothing compared to the amount of money that’s going to be wasted over the next three years paying the cost to run a completely paralyzed congress. Everything from the salaries we pay the senators, to the electricity bills to keep the lights on in the buildings they work in, is money down the toilet.

Michael asks…

What is the current health care reform all about?

Can anyone be so kind to briefly explain to me what are the latest news on health care reform in an unbiased manner? for instance, why in the original health care plan was a government option and then in the second one it wasn’t?

Sarah Fields answers:

There is a main overall plan with many different variants being talked about. And the government option is still being discussed. The sixth link below goes into it in more detail.

FACT – Insurance companies in the USA admit to pushing up prices, buying politicians and not paying out claims when they should
FACT – PER PERSON the USA spends more on healthcare than any other nation on the planet
FACT – Obama debated his plans before the election for healthcare
FACT – the chance of a child under five of dying in the USA is greater than industrialised nations with universal health coverage
FACT – Obama was elected by the American people to bring in change
FACT – Obama wants to stop insurance companies from screwing the American people
FACT – The reforms Obama wants work in the Netherlands and Switzerland

Let me know if my facts are wrong, but please provide proof.

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