Why I Am Writing These Articles

Why I Am Writing These Articles

By: Ted Beust  |  Our Voice Contributor
In a short intermission from my Healthcare Around the World series I want to explain why I am writing these articles.

From my articles that I have written, it is clear as day that I am in support of universal healthcare, in both its benefits and cost effectiveness.

My support for it only strengthened the other day when I had to go to urgent care for my foot because I would have to wait 3-4 weeks for a specialist.

When I got to urgent care and met with the doctor, I explained what was going on to the doctor and he prescribed an anantibiotic. I was happy to hear that my antibiotic cost was less than $10, but it was downright absurd for what I paid to go to urgent care in the first place. I had to pay $95 out of pocket for a 10-15 minute consultation, and it would’ve been $100 with my actual health insurance provided by my employer.

The United States spends more on healthcare than anyone on Earth. All together what we spend accounts for over 1/6th of the economy. Every other country either pays nothing out of pocket or at least half of what I had to pay for 10-15 minutes.

Do I want to get rid of private insurance altogether? No.
Do I want a system where my taxes pay my medical bills? Yes, very much so.

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