Saw this infographic on Kiplinger. It really makes you think about whether or not all the junk we are eating is really worth it. We may save more now, but how much will we pay down the road? Health insurance isn’t getting any cheaper, and other medical costs will only go up. And, as our health as a society deteriorates, we’ll all be paying more.
And don’t fool yourself about how universal coverage will result in you suddenly paying for so and so’s health condition. You’re already paying for others’ ill health. Insurance companies practice their own form of socialized medicine by putting everyone into groups. When someone in your group has problems, everyone in that group sees increases in their health insurance.
Plus, when people wait and wait and wait until they have to go to the emergency room to be treated for something because they don’t have the insurance that helps pay for the doctor visit, costs go up for everyone. So, no matter what system we have, you’re always going to pay for the health choices made by others.
What we really need is a system and a society that values prevention — one in which all of the incentives aren’t on the side of more drugs, and taking care of us when we’re sick. Until we’re ready to change our habits, and until the health care industry actually cares about having a healthy population, things will remain expensive.