To the Editor:
The real problem with our health-care system is some people who don’t even provide care have interjected themselves into the system to make money. They’ve recognized that health care could be a “gold mine” because people will do anything, pay anything to get well, and save themselves or loved ones from illness, injury and death.
People who actually provide care deserve to be compensated well, but it’s those who only seek to make money for themselves and wealthy investors who have corrupted the system.
There are pluses and minuses to the current system. We have beautiful facilities, but staff often is the first target of those concerned more about bottom lines.
The cost makes access to such care difficult or impossible for tens of millions of Americans. The for-profit insurance industry and hospitals often battle each other for patient dollars.
We will never bring costs down or make the system work for everyone as long as we acquiesce to those in the health insurance, pharmaceutical and health-care industries whose primary goal is to profit from it.
Unfortunately, they’ve created some effective narratives that cause millions of Americans to fight a supposed “government takeover of health care.” So we continue to allow CEOs and wealthy investors to skim hundreds of billions of dollars from our health-care system while tens of millions of Americans don’t have adequate access to care, and we pay more for care and have poorer outcomes in many ways than other developed countries.