The following article was originally published in early 1994.
There are four major causes of this surge in demand: 1) the aging of America, 2) poor health habits and lifestyles of Americans, 3) the needs of Canadians and others who purchase much of their medical care in the U.
S., and 4) the increasing prevalence of third party payers (insurance).
But the truth of the matter is that there is no oversupply of health care providers; in fact, just the opposite is true. An article appearing in the July 27th issue of the Washington Times stated that, “U. physicians fresh out of their residencies are being riddled with job offers.” The article continues, “Two-thirds of young doctors receive at least 50 job offers during their residencies and almost 50 percent receive more than 100.” The U. has approximately 120 medical schools that each average about 100 admissions a year. Some medical schools will have over 10,000 applications this year.
Unfortunately, many of our best and brightest students will never make it into medical school. Davis Medical School admitted 100 students each year; they now admit 93.
The debate over health care in America is now front-page news almost every day.
Everyone seems to agree that there is something wrong with the system and that something should be done—but what should we do?
This issue is obviously important to all Americans, but it is of vastly greater importance to those who, because of disability or age, find themselves more dependent on medical care than the average American.
The truth of the matter is that the disabled and elderly stand to benefit most from a good medical care system.
We will also look at the experiences of other industrialized nations that have tried systems very similar to what is being proposed in America. While this is certainly not a comprehensive list, it covers the causes most frequently identified by “experts” on all sides of the political fence.
A good physician never prescribes medicine without first giving the patient a complete examination. If this list does reflect the major causes of rising health care costs (which I believe it does), then any real “solution” to the health care crisis must address most, if not all, of these problems.