Healthcare in the USA is now at a record price and there are no signs that it will become more cost effective anytime soon, the USA healthcare system is more complex than ever now we have obamacare added to the mix but it’s a good system if you compare it to other types of healthcare around the world.
American healthcare is a one of the most advanced if not the most leading the way in many fields mainly because of it’s vast funding source and top class facility’s around the country not to mention the well established university’s producing high quality doctors, researches, scientist and nurses year in and year out.
I understand there are a number of issues that could and probably should be addresses better by the government but I do want to highlight one in particular that effected my own family a few years back, my own grandmother became ill suffering from dementia and other failing aspects and it was decided we needed to get assistance in her final years. We spoke with a number of people regarding her options from home help assistance on a daily basis to an actual home for the elderly with every option came a price because the home help needs a wage or the home for the elderly needs to make a profit.
How do you finance this?
As you and nobody else knows how long my grandmother will live it could be another 20 years, my family is not hugely wealthy we own property and all the adults bring in a more than average income, my grandmother had her own property that her and my grandfather had worked hard to pay off but the cost of all the options on the table as many will know is from $2000 to %5000 a month it’s a huge overhead for anyone to undertake.
My own idea for a better system is a public funded hub with a backup of government money to assist with any cash flow issues, it would take:
1 descent sized building in the are that is currently not used and available tax free
An annual equipment sponsorship or donation buy large local businesses with in a 10 mile radius of each hub
Local prison inmates to provide a range of salable products with profits going directly to the hub
Government workers to be refocused for one day a month to provide assistance with there skills in assisting the hubs operation
What would happen to the funding?
Money raised by the hub would be spent on the elderly who require care provided by paid professionals, they would come to their home at no charge to the elderly person, the care would provide them with basics like food, heat and comfort during their end of life taking away the stress of worrying how care is going to be paid for or how is going to help.
My grandmother was lucky because she had a family to help in every way but not everyone has support and I can only imagine how stressful and upsetting it is for a lot of old people when it comes to this time in their lives, the hub would be a better system for everyone as we all get old and will require help one day no matter who you are it’s inevitable.