You know the healthcare “system” is designed to make money for healthcare providers, big pharma, device companies, healthplans – not to help you and your family stay healthy and functional.
You know the healthcare system makes money – buckets of it.
You know we spend way more than any other country, yet we die younger.
You know Purdue Pharma made tens of billions of dollars addicting your neighbors and kids, and got away with it for decades.
You know this because the hospital industry has never been more profitable. Oh, and rural communities are losing hospitals because those hospitals aren't “profitable” – despite the fact that rural Americans are losing access to desperately needed healthcare.
You know this because you can't “negotiate” with your local hospital, or insurance company, or pharmacy – because they have all the power and data and political influence, and you have none.
You know this because your healthcare premiums and deductibles and out of pocket costs keep climbing – and your wages don't.
Healthcare is not, and cannot ever be, a free market. A free market requires buyers have the ability to make sellers respond to buyers' needs – yet we all know we consumers have zero ability to make pharma, hospitals, big doctor groups, device companies respond to our needs.
How dysfunctional is this “healthcare system” that costs you $8000 more than it should?
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