U.S. Health Care is Profiteered to Death

Interview with Susan Rogers, M.D.
Black Agenda Report, May 23, 2017

"We still have this assumption that health care is a commodity and that the market should dictate how it functions. Buying health care isn't like buying a car. Everybody needs the same coverage in health care. Everybody doesn't need the same kind of car. Everybody doesn't need the same kind of house. That's where the market comes in, is when people have choices with things.

People talk about choice of [insurance policies] which really, when you think about it, makes no sense. Do you know what your health care needs are going to be next week? You have no clue. You assume they're going to be what they are today, but you don't know.

That's the whole point of insurance: to cover you for the unexpected. So to make buying health insurance a matter of choosing what's best for you - that whole basis is false. It's not applicable because you don't know what you're going to need, so you have to be covered for everything.

That's why people end up being exposed to these phenomenal bills, these high deductibles [and] these co-pays that send them into bankruptcy."

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