Today, the for-profit health insurance model drives American healthcare in transition:
the Consumer (you — the patient) is left out of the decision-making process.
(Non-profits make money; they just don’t share it with stockholders).
This current model is broken!
What Does Our Current Three-party Healthcare Model Look Like?
The Doctor or healthcare expert that provides the service
The patient who receives the service
The Insurance Company or other third party that pays for the service
Our Current Healthcare Model Explained, Or …
Welcome to America’s Game of Baseball on Tectonic Plates
The current healthcare model is much like a baseball park in that where you sit is dependent upon the seats you can afford to purchase (or have been purchased for you, as the case might be). Where you sit is determined by the type of healthcare insurance you have (or do not have).
The amount of actual healthcare coverage you enjoy (or lack) and the amount of money you pay for healthcare is related to where you sit in that ballpark.
Where do you, the patient (consumer of healthcare), currently sit in the Healthcare Ballpark?
There Be Earthquakes Here …
Added to the preferred hierarchy of seating arrangements is the X-factor. These are the often out-of-your-control occurrences. In the American Healthcare “system”, these are the tectonic plates with caprice ebbing and flowing (the ground moving under our feet) which lead to earthquakes.
These are the movements that disrupt American Healthcare in Transition and keep it in ‘transition.’ And make no mistake about it, there be earthquakes here.
“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”
~ John F. Kennedy (1917 – 1963)