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What Hillary Clinton and George Bush Don't Know About Health Care

Posted May 13 2008 5:32pm

The percentage of our GDP that goes to health care is more than 14%. About $2 trillion per year spent on health care???if it were its own economy, it would be the 4th largest in the world. Hillary and George know that???nothing new here. They may even know these next two facts: Government projections put health care costs at more than 17% of the GDP by 2011. If the costs continue at their present rate costs will actually be 23.7% of the GDP by then.

Insurance coverage is decreasing???employers can???t afford it. 15% of all Americans have no insurance, 23% of the working population has no insurance. From 1995-2001 the number of uninsured in the $50,000-$74,999 increased by 47%. It increased by 77% for people earning more than $75,000/yr. George and Hillary may even know that.

What they don???t know is how to cut the costs. Even with their different approaches: Hillary wants the government to pay for it and George wants us to twist in the wind???neither has a clue how to cut the costs.

The folks who work in natural health care know how to cut the costs. They know that exercise and vegetables are cheaper than antidepressants. They look at the $3 billion Americans spend on medication for acid reflux and know how easily and cheaply that problem is fixed. The number of deaths due to medication errors more than doubled from 1983 to 1993???Lancet [1998; 35 (9103): 643-4]. ???Conservative calculations estimate that approximately 107,000 patients are hospitalized annually for nosteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)-related gastrointestinal (GI) complications and at least 16,500 NSAID-related deaths occur each year among arthritis patients alone. The figures for all NSAID users would be overwhelming, yet the scope of this problem is generally under appreciated??? American Journal of Medicine 1998 july 27; 105 (1B): 31 S-38S.

You get the point. Our healthcare is expensive, dangerous and not all that effective. Whether George or Hillary realize it or not, if we are to get out of this expensive mess, we need to listen to what the natural health care practitioners are telling us.

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