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The High Cost of Health Care

Health care in this country always seems to be in the news. I would like to share my viewpoint. Let me start by saying that there is no country where I would rather live. And I believe that we have the best medical treatment available for our citizens. The problem I see is that routine preventive health care is unaffordable for many families.

For many families the only type of health care that they can afford is a plan with a high deductible. This type of insurance is necessary for major injuries and life-threatening situations. But in the end it leads to a lack of preventive maintenance. With such high deductibles people are hesitant to go to a doctor for the routine care that might prevent major problems down the road. And, most high deductible plans provide no dental care at all.

This is like taking a car to a mechanic only when the engine seizes up or the transmission fails. What we should be doing is changing the oil and maintaining the air pressure in the tires. Under the current state of health care this is not possible for many. As a nation we are going to face much higher costs for medical and dental care as our population ages. I do not have the answers but I do know that something needs to change.