Personal Responsibility in Healthcare Reform Costs (Monetary and Scarce Resources)
It is apparent by listening to all the current comments on the issue of healthcare reform measures in the United States that there is a missing point of discussion. We hear about all the bad stuff which might be coming out of our government in the proposed reform and all the bad stuff that has been created by the medical insurance industry and the pharmaceutical industry but have we heard any of the folks in the Town Hall meetings with the government or on the media talk about each and every citizen’s responsibilities to reduce both the monetary cost of healthcare but also the cost of utilization of scarce resources as part of the healthcare reform? Don’t the people of the United States have to sacrifice some things so they can stay healthy and allow the healthcare dollars to be spent on diseases and disorders of which the patients have no control in their onset or course? The smoker, the obese person, the alcoholic or drug addict, the “non-compliant patient” … and maybe even the terminally ill patient have some responsibility to others in our society besides themselves. Shouldn’t they be aware of the costs they are loading onto our healthcare system? Now, with 50 million more citizens planned to be added on to the system, beyond dollar burdens to our society how about the costs of attempting to utilize scarce resources such as organs, blood, limited technology and very importantly another scarce resource in this influx: physicians.
To get an idea of both sides of this public responsibility issue go to this link and this link and finally this link and then come back and write us your opinion. Whether when my visitors happen to read my blog thread there has been a healthcare reform bill passed and signed into law or not, I suspect the issue of personal responsibility will still provide controversy. In any event, I would like continue a discussion here. I am not taking a side as yet, I want to learn. ..Maurice.