Kate Robbins, board member of health care now, classes the alternative to such high bills, health care insurance, an ‘excellent example of commodifying public goods’. These companies that were originally designed to benefit the general population and in many cases, not base their business model on profit; since the 80’s however, the concept of ‘non-profit health care insurance’ has become as mythological as fairy tales. According to the institute of medicine, America spent 2.6 trillion dollars on health care last year where 750 billion dollars was wasted on unnecessary services, excessive administration and even fraud. The problem is, that once health care is sought, due to the high expense incurred in purchasing the service, members of the public seek to make the most use out of this expenditure as you would any other service. Due to another company covering an individual’s bills, they do not necessarily seek the most cost effective route of recovery therefore incurring extra costs that may be superfluous. These unessential extras push the premiums to an ever higher rate making customers even more bent on making the most of their purchase further commodifying this live saving service and making it more inaccessible to the already suffering, disadvantaged proportion of the population. This is suggestive perhaps of why medical bills and health cover is the leading cause of Bankruptcy in the US.
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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA- The Determinators, a movie based on the book The Battle for America's Soul, by CL Gray, MD features leading experts in the field of healthcare who have studied the new law, bought to you by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS)