Everyone talks about it, but few of us can really do anything about it. We’re talking health care.
Our present health care system leaves out far too many people who don’t have the money to access care. Even the insured find that high deductibles are a barrier to seeking early primary care, when early detection of an illness could in most cases result in affordable and effective treatment. Many people ration their medications because of the cost, putting their lives at risk. And, about 66% of bankruptcies in this country are tied to medical costs.
In 2017 we in the U.S. spent on average $10,224 per person on health care, and the next highest spender (among comparable nations) was Switzerland, at $8,009. Canada comes in with $4,826.
We know this is a complex issue. There are many solutions that are in operation in other countries; some better than others. If we refuse to talk about possible solutions then we will keep the system we have, with many either not insured, or not going to the doctor because of the high cost. It takes informed individuals to foster change and there is an opportunity to do just that coming up.
To learn how an Improved Medicare for All health care system might make us all better, Our Community Values is pleased to host Larimer County Health Care Action and the Colorado Foundation for Universal Health Care for a Community Conversation on “What is Improved Medicare for All.” We hope you will attend!
6PM, Thursday, May 23, Namaqua Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 745 E 5th St, Loveland.