Good health is fundamental to life, and access to health care has an important role in assuring health. There is a lot of talk about the need to fix the U.S. health care system, and nearly everyone agrees that the current system is not working. Here are three major and generally agreed upon problems that need to be addressed:
1) The U.S. system is a highly fragmented one which leads to a lot of inefficiency and waste. A lot of time and money is spent simply on the administrative tasks of making sure the right people are receiving the right care.
2) The U.S. spends more than twice what other industrialized countries spend on health care, yet health of the U.S population is poorer (last place) in many categories.
3) The cost of healthy care is rising faster than income and more and more people are becoming uninsured or underinsured (42% of adults in 2007).
So, what are the available options and how do they contribute to these issues?