Health Care

The Health Care System definition

The current Health Care System consists of an organization of people, institutions, and resources to deliver health care services to meet the health needs of target populations. Health Care providers constitute institutions or individuals providing health care services. Individuals including health professionals and allied health professions can be self-employed or working as an employee in a hospital, clinic, or other health care institution, whether government operated, private for-profit, or private not-for-profit (e.g. non-governmental organization). They may also work outside of direct patient care such as in a government health department or other agency, medical laboratory, or health training institution. Examples of health workers are doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, dentists, medical laboratory technologists, therapists, psychologists, pharmacists, chiropractors, optometrists, community health workers, traditional medicine practitioners, and others.

Financial resources

There are generally five primary methods of funding health care systems:

  1. General taxation to the state, county (in US) or municipality
  2. Social health insurance
  3. Voluntary or private health insurance
  4. Out-of-pocket payments
  5. Donations to charities

The flaws of the Health Care System within Capitalism

Statistics

Let us look at some examples of Global Health Care Concerns:

  1. 41% of U.S. adults have problems paying medical bills and many are hounded by collection agencies.
  2. America spends $7,290 per capita on health care, far more than other countries.
  3. Doctors spend $210 billion per year on procedures based on fear of liability, not patient need.
  4. America spent $2.4 trillion on health care in 2008. That's nearly as much as food, clothing, and national defense combined.
  5. From 2000 to 2007, health care premiums increased 10.6% per year. In the same period, overall inflation averaged only 2.8%.
  6. American kids are three times as likely to be prescribed antidepressants than kids in Europe.
  7. 47% of all hospitals report issues with emergency room crowding.
  8. A quarter of Americans throw away prescriptions because they can't afford to fill them.
  9. Health care spending dwarfs the $1.3 trillion of combined profitability generated by every corporation in America.
  10. Medicare operates with 3% overhead. Non-profit insurance has a 16% overhead. Private insurance has a higher overhead, at 26%
  11. A quarter of America's children have untreated tooth decay or cavities.
  12. 20% of Americans report having had a lab, medical, or medication error (tied for worst with Australia).
  13. 30,000 infants die in the U.S. each year.
  14. Compared to the British, Americans are three times as likely to have diabetes.
  15. More than a quarter of Texans don't have access to affordable health care. 100% of Mexicans do.
  16. America has half as many doctors per capita as Greece.
  17. Prescription drugs cost around 50% more in the U.S. than in other industrialized countries
  18. As much as 91% of all health care dollars are spent on patients with chronic conditions.
  19. Inefficient claims processing costs over $200 billion per year.
  20. Hispanics kids are half as likely to see doctors as Americans - and many other discrepancies in care are based on demographics.
  21. Medicare and Medicaid have consistently paid under cost for the services their clients use.
  22. If our health care system were its own country, it would be the seventh largest economy in the world.
  23. Without reform, employer-based health care costs are projected to increase 166% by 2019.
  24. The number of patients with dementia / Alzheimer’s set to double to 66 million by 2030 – and to 115 million by 2050. That will require an estimated $604 billion a year in treatment — it’s set to triple by 2050!
  25. Americans are twice as obese as Canadians.
  26. “If policies do not change, six European countries— Belgium, France, Greece, Luxembourg, Slovenia and Ukraine—will be devoting more than 30% of GDP to age-related spending by 2050.” “Old age tension,” Economist Magazine, Oct 2010
  27. Countries are faced with information challenges in effectively preventing and responding to naturally (e.g., existing diseases and illnesses)
  28. The number of beds per person in U.S. hospitals is in steady decline.
  29. Demands on emergency rooms are steadily increasing.
  30. The World Health Organization reports that 100 million people a year are pushed into poverty by their medical bills. For governments, the challenges of funding healthcare are increasing because of aging populations, a growing burden of chronic diseases, and the introduction of more expensive treatments (2010).
  31. Malaria causes some 225 million acute illnesses and over 780,000 deaths annually.
  32. 164,000 people, mostly children under 5 dies from measles in 2008 (the latest years for which figures are available, at time of writing) even though effective immunization, which includes vaccine and safe injection equipment, costs less than 1 US dollars and has been available for more than 40 years.
  33. The per employee cost of health care is projected to reach $28,350 by 2019, nearly 3 times the cost in 2009. 195,000 people per year die in America's hospitals because of medical errors.
  34. The assumption that having a full time job guarantees you health insurance is false. 45% of uninsured Americans actually have a full time job.
  35. The uninsured represent 15% of population, but 20% of emergency room visits.
  36. 11 percent of American women are taking drugs to combat depression (the world's highest rate)
  37. One billion people lack access to health care systems.
  38. America's infant mortality rate is 87% higher than France's.
  39. America spends around $4.5 billion to provide health care for all prison inmates.
  40. 73% of sick Americans had difficulty getting non-ER care on nights, weekends, and holidays.
  41. Abortions cost over $600 in most U.S. states. They are free in England.
  42. 42% of Americans spend more than $500 out of pocket on prescription drugs yearly.
  43. 22% of Americans said their test results and medical records were not available at the time of their medical appointment. The Netherlands are much more efficient (9%).
  44. Remote Area Medical, or RAM, was an organization set up to go into third world countries to supply health care to the needy. Now it is doing 60% of its work in the U.S.
  45. There are 36 millions deaths a years, caused by noncummicable diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic lung diseases. This is almost two-thirds of the estimated 56 million deaths each year worldwide. (A quarter of these take place before the age of 60.) Breaking down the leading causes a bit further (there are others too),
    • Cardiovascular diseases cause about 17 million deaths
    • Cancers, about 7.6 million deaths
    • Chronic lung diseases, about 4.2 million deaths
    • Diabetes, about 1.3 million deaths
  46. Over 7.5 million children under the age of 5 die from malnutrition and mostly preventable diseases, each year.
  47. In 2008, some 6.7 million people dies of infections diseases alone, far more than the number killed in the natural or man-made catastrophes that make headlines. (These are the latest figures presented by the World Health Organization.)
  48. AIDS/HIV has spread rapidly. UNAIDS estimates for 2008 that there were roughly:
    • 33.4 million living with HIV
    • 2.7 million new infections of HIV
    • 2 million deaths from AIDS
  49. Tuberculosis kills 1.7 million people each year, with 9.4 million new cases a year.
  50. 1.6 million people still die from pneumococcal diseases every year, making it the number one vaccine-preventable cause of death worldwide. More than half of the victims are children. (The pneumococcus is a bacterium that causes serious infections like meningitis, pneumonia and sepsis. In developing countries, even half of those children who receive medical treatment will die. Every second surviving child will have some kind of disability.)

These and other diseases kill more people each year than conflict alone.

The Health Scare

Healthcare has been a very controversial part of the human existence. Healthcare has become more an issue of ‘health scare.’ Where, when one’s health is affected in one way or another, the reaction is immediate petrifaction/fear for one’s livelihood/income as survival in this world due to the extent of costs involved in relation to preserving and sustaining one’s health – in other words what we end-up dealing with whenever health is the issue, is actually Money from a personal-reality perspective.

Profit and Loss

The Current Health Care System is based primarily on a profit and loss system, which means that due to rising Health Care costs, a large percentage of people are unable to afford basic Health Care. Take the World Health Organization (WHO), established in 1948, as a ‘specialized agency of the United Nations’ (UN) that is concerned with international public health. Even with their main objective being "the attainment by all people of the highest possible level of health”, we are still seeing health care costs increasing, leaving most people unable to afford what has become a luxury in most countries, instead of a basic human right. Doctors overcharge people because they claim they are making up their study fees, so the question is why is the education system based on Greed and not on developing people to support Society? Doctors and other health care professionals charge according to their lifestyle and overhead costs, thus proving that within the current capitalistic system, everybody is trapped in the same cycle based on survival and greed.

Why is it that with so much time spent on talking about the Global Health Care crisis, involving billions in global summits and assemblies are we still allowing this crisis to occur in the first place? There is also the question of cures for illness and disease. Are those who have the answers to treatments being truthful in revealing their research or are the answers hidden behind profit margins? The problems exists in that all who are part of the Current Health care System are driven currently by profit to survive and will therefore do what is necessary for their own survival by shifting costs, and restricting services.

Medicine created for profit and control


What we do know (and here especially those in the ‘know’, know this) – is that medi¬cines are created to have unique control over the money-system as profit, as medi¬cines have become a product of profit, a product that is biased, a product that is presented in ways that is made acceptable and/or alluring to the consumer, the consumers’ councils and the FDA’s. This is the tactic followed and applied with any product within the system that is marketed for profit, marketed to ensure that the product will be profitable. The control in these pharmaceutical industries is obviously so immense that there is no easy entry for the average man, there exists complete corporate control over and of the medicines within the Pharmaceutical / Healthcare Industry, as the Elites of the world profit from a natural physical condition/occurrence such as Health, an issue that should common-sensically be taken care of for all, equal and one. And yet, instead of it being something that is, as it should be, naturally taken care of, as a point that all of humanity face throughout their life due to the conditions we exist-in, in this physical-reality, the Elite utilize and take advantage of such a natural physical issue as ‘health’ and use it to make money, to profit from humanity’s health, worse even: at the cost of humanity’s health!

The Healthcare Industry has become a game of money, not a concern for actual Health, for actual Care. The real definition of healthcare has become the health and care of the economy, as ‘money’. Another perspective of the immense corporate control within the context of the pharmaceutical/medical industries is that by definition – as a matter of ‘The Big Player’s Playbook’ – it makes the entry of anyone into the ‘arena’ of competing for profits together with/against the Big Corporations impossible. Then from a global-perspec¬tive you end up with the competition within and between the Pharmaceutical-Industries and Corporations in the context of money and greed; the side effects of medicine; and the controversy and hence lack of clarity about what medicines and health prod¬ucts are in fact beneficial for mankind. All these issues indicate that the system of healthcare and medicine/pharmaceutics is only (ab)using the masses to revenue the Money-System for the (profit of ) Industries and Corporations.

Research within the current Health Care System

Privately funded research

Funding of research by private companies is mainly motivated by profit, and are much less likely than governments to fund research projects solely for the sake of knowledge. The profit incentive causes researchers to concentrate their energies on projects, which are perceived as likely to generate profits.

The influence of funding on research

A 2005 study in the journal Nature surveyed 3247 US researchers who were all publicly funded (by the National Institutes of Health). Out of the scientists questioned, 15.5% admitted to altering design, methodology or results of their studies due to pressure of an external funding source. In a contemporary study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, a similar proportion of the 107 medical research institutions questioned were willing to allow pharmaceutical companies sponsoring research to alter manuscripts according to their interests before they were submitted for publication.

Alternative Therapies and Research

Even though there are well document cases of effective results from the use of Alternate Therapies, the Research and Development of Alternate Therapies are suppressed and often attacked. This is due to the Billion Dollar industry of the Health Care System, within which any other solutions are ignored, instead of investing the same time and effort that is spent on Research within the Current Health Care System to develop effective health care solutions that support humanity.

The Health Care System within an Equal Money System

Basic Health Care

Equal Money implies that everyone has the same right to life and that everyone bears equal value as life. Within an Equal Money System Health Care will be available for all equally. No person will get more Health care than another. Each person will submit a request based on their medicinal and health care requirements, which will then be produced for each on a monthly basis. How this impacts within the health industry is that the health industry will submit that which it requires on a monthly basis and it is restocked on a monthly basis. Thus as an individual, when you go to the hospital / clinic, what you require to maintain your health is already available – which you will be provided with. Disease Health care within an EMS will change how we look at disease, where we will be able to look at the principle of what disease represents. It represents the functioning of the physical which becomes unbalanced = where you are dis-eased. Within the principle of 'best for all', experimentation and 'looking outside the box' will very much be supported as it is this way that new methods and ways can be found, and 'wasting money' isn't even possible in EMS. Because Research will no longer be dependent on a set outcome based on profit, all research will be done by the highest qualified people, with the best equipment. Money will not be the motivation or set back of Health Care in an Equal Money System and therefore there will be no limitations to the possibilities for research and development. The Health Care professionals involved are provided for within the Equal Money System, therefore when they dedicate their time as labor, they do so because they understand what it means to participate in something that supports Society to live to our fullest. All research Equipment will be available as required, within consideration of the practical functionality of the System. There will most likely still be illness like cancer in an Equal Money System, as an EMS isn't a magic wand that makes all 'bad' things go away. Though, within an EMS, the existence of diseases such as cancer, that occurs quite often in people, will be looked at from every angle. Researchers and scientists, as beings who are interested in investigating illnesses and finding cures, will be given all the time, space and opportunity to experiment and 'look outside the box'. In the current system the possibilities of 'looking outside the box' and experimenting are very limited as only projects that will more or less have a set/definite outcome will get funds, as companies don't want to waste their money.

Single products

With an Equal Money System, Health Care will be streamlined to have a single prod¬uct/brand, if necessary – as a way of stopping the unnecessary abuse for money/ profit through different products/brands competing while selling the exact same substance. The research will obviously show what products are best used for the medicine available, so that medicine can be in fact, practically, what is best for all.

Thus, within an Equal Money System – Healthcare will in fact become about the health and the care of humanity; and no longer only for money as profit and greed and the pleasure of a select few while most of humanity suffer. We will thus combine all research and we’ll have researchers across the globe work-together with each-other within a principle of ‘what’s best for all’, for actual and factual long-term solutions in health and health-care. Research and researchers will no longer be in competition or conflict or deliberately deceive the consumer just to make profit or get the money for all the research.

Researchers and scientists will then in fact want to do their work to benefit mankind; they will no longer do it just to survive or to become famous or to make money. It will be people that truly care. ‘Products of Love’ within the context of what actual love really is as actual care, con-sideration and regard for others as self, in giving and sharing the best to ensure that all are taken care of and are cared for equal and one, equal-to and one-with how each one would have wanted to be cared-for and taken care of. And – within an Equal Money System – this will also be the context of the produc¬tion of medications: assisting and supporting the Human Physical Body, and so the Human Being within this world as one.

Information

In an Equal Money System all information will be shared for the benefit of all, so that we can learn from the physical effectively, in how to support ourselves and each other, by placing and utilizing the information from a centralized database, where we will be able to compare information over time to improve our Health Care. This will allow us to show which techniques/methods are really beneficial and which techniques only exist for the purpose of making money. Therefore within 1 or 2 generations we will have all relevant information necessary to understand what is going on in the physical and will no longer be subject to the current profit and loss driven Health Care System.

Qualifications

Who will become Doctors and Health Care Professionals if it is not about the Money? We will now see real doctors who qualify to serve people within what is best for all. As we have seen as long as the drive for money exists the Hippocratic oath has been compromised completely.

Medicines

In an Equal Money System, we will fund the proper research necessary to find out what treatment or medication is required to effectively support a person. The deception that exists today is that the medical industry profits off sick people, therefore the scientists are not being paid to find solutions for illness; they are being paid to keep people sick within ever lasting cycles. Medication costs a lot of money and only alleviates some symptoms. In an Equal Money system, because our values change to that of supporting life, we will develop and maintain support modalities that work with the person to bring them to the core of their illness (dis-eased) by understanding what the illness represents about the persons pre-programming and total design. Therefore to stop illness, we go to the core and work from the inside out. If an illness has become a genetic trait, then again we work through the layers of information that has become the water of the person, to self-purify, so that what existed in the past is cleared, so that we do not have to live out the future paying for 'the sins of the fathers'.

Doctors get paid more

Currently it is accepted that different types of jobs should be valued differently. Within this automatic acceptance one is however overlooking several essential points. The idea that the doctor is somehow more valuable than the janitor is nothing but ignorance and obviously misses the point of what real physical value is. The physical fact of the matter is that the workers that are currently regarded less than the doctor actually made it possible for the doctor to pursue his career. Would the doctor be able to perform his duties effectively without the cleaners making sure the equipment and the surroundings are sanitized? Would the doctor be able to perform his duties effectively without the workers manufacturing the equipment necessary? Who will become Doctors in an Equal Money System: Besides participating within the Conscription System, each person will find a pastime within which to do the things that they are effective in, which becomes your ‘work’ or ‘job’.

The things (jobs) that we do not enjoy doing, we will all do, which makes those jobs less work as many people make the jobs light.

For more information on Labour within an Equal Money System, visit the Labour page

Justification: "Higher wage due to longer education"

What are the justifications as to why the doctor should be paid more than for instance the janitor? Some claim that it is simply “unfair” because the doctor should be having a higher wage due to his/her longer education, which is based in the belief that “equal choice” actually exist. What one is disregarding within this is that currently it is definitely not within everybody’s “reach” to become a doctor, but determined and limited by the social conditions you inherited and thus are enslaved by, and according to your monetary conditions you make your “choices”. What is also missed is that within the Equal Money System education would be free and equal for all and money would no longer limit you within making educational choices.A job is no longer considered a job within an equal money system as you will be actively involved within that which you are effective at – giving your skill and your participation to those around you, making you participate within life.

Justification: "Humans require monetary incentive to develop and excel"

Other justification for remuneration inequality is that humans require incentive to be motivated and competition to “excel” and develop, and that laziness and stagnation would set in if an Equality based system would be implemented. Here one is not seeing that laziness is actually supported within the current system where the only motivation that exists is money/survival. The only point why we require motivation as money in the current system is because no one really wants to support a system that extensively abuse life. Currently work is solely based in profit/survival and not considering if the duty is actually supporting Life. Within the Equal Money/Equal Labor System however work would be redefined to what is actually physically beneficial for life and contribute to the betterment of mankind. Thus the motivation would be that of working for the benefit of All Life and thus giving each one a real, practical and physical purpose. Within such a system excellence can be pursued together in unity without it happening at the expense of another.

How will Addiction be dealt with?

In the current unequal abusive economic system, abuses related to addictions are actually promoted because of profit and greed instead of being stopped/intervened/prevented based on the principle of what is best for all. Have you ever wondered why alcohol is legal while drugs are illegal? Is it really because alcohol is less harmful and destructive than drugs? A scientific research [1][2] done by British researchers in 2010 shows ‘Presenting a new scale of drug harm that rates the damage to users themselves and to wider society, the scientists rated alcohol the most harmful overall and almost three times as harmful as cocaine or tobacco.’ ‘Professor David Nutt, chairman of the ISCD, whose work was published in the Lancet medical journal, said the findings showed that ‘aggressively targeting alcohol harms is a valid and necessary public health strategy.’ He said they also showed that current drug classification systems had little relation to the evidence of harm.’ If alcohol being legal is not based on the evidence of harm, what is it based on then? It all boils down to money! One major reason why alcohol is legal while drugs are illegal is because alcohol brings in far more money in tax to the government.


When money comes into play everything else gives way. The consequences however are the prevalence of abuses due to alcohol consumption. In the family situation a major cause of child abuse, sexual abuse and domestic violence is due to the effect alcohol has on people using it to suppress themselves and become possessed by their anger and frustration and exert them onto other family members which may cause traumatic experiences or even physical harms on other family members – usually children and women. “The World Health Organization estimates that risks linked to alcohol cause 2.5 million deaths a year from heart and liver disease, road accidents, suicides and cancer - accounting for 3.8 percent of all deaths. It is the third leading risk factor for premature death and disabilities worldwide.” Within the EMS profit and greed are removed and what is best for all is the basic law. Such atrocities and abuses cannot be tolerated. Once the facts and effects of alcohol are researched thoroughly and are known to all we will all agree on the decision that alcohol should be outlawed. This is an act of intervention/prevention that is best for all rather than deliberate promotion of abuse based on profit as is in the current economic system.

In the EMS people who have developed addiction problems will be assisted immediately and effectively. Eventually technology will allow one’s DNA to be read and according to the output of a person’s DNA the person’s physical-chemical-psychological condition can be detected. Thus if there is an addiction problem it will be reflected on the output of the reading signal of DNA. The person can thus receive immediate assistance and support from necessary professionals at early stages of developing such a problem. There will be also a lot of changes with regards to psychology and psychiatry. In the current system psychology and psychiatry are driven by the motive of making money from the patients and thus the patients’ problems are deliberately not cured actually so that they can continue to be exploited. In the EMS such things cannot be tolerated. Research being done will be focused on discovering the actual reasons for human being’s dysfunctional problems and find real effective practical solutions.

Life Insurance

In an Equal Money System we won’t need Life Insurance because everybody receives the Health care they require as a Basic Living Requirement. At the moment, in the World, Life has no Value and only Money has Value, therefore you need Life Insurance so you can have Money in medical situations. In an Equal Money System, you don’t need Life Insurance so Life Insurance and the Industry will cease to exist. You will automatically be taken care of by virtue of being Life and you will participate in the System where people are taken care of and you will participate in Making Decisions about the system itself.

Healthcare will become that which supports life

Healthcare will become something that will actually support life and not merely the economic system or individual corporations, not the ego/pleasures of (a select few) men. Healthcare will support the physical body and the human-being as the measurable support that is required to be able to practically and effectively function within this physical-reality we all share. Isn’t that what healthcare is all about in the first place, to support the physical to so support the Human-Being within and as effective living in this world? Obviously, disease on earth will start to diminish and eventually start to disappear, because the attention given to the physical – both through ourselves in ‘who we are’ within as well as through external, actual real support and assistance as Health¬care – will be effective. Equal Healthcare, for All as One – with Equal Money and equal consideration of each individual and life as a whole.

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