The Clinton Health Plan

The health care situation in the United States is in dire need of a
change. The United States spends more money on health care per individual
than any other nation in the world (14%of its GNP in 1991), and that amount
is quickly rising. Virtually everyone, from doctors to politicians,
recognize the unwieldy situation of health care in America, and realize
that something must be done.

In order to attempt to correct the failures of the current health care
situation, one must understand the problems that led to the deterioration
of the health care system. Perhaps the main problem with health care today
is that there are 37 million Americans without insurance, and another 20
million are ...

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the median income of doctors was
$139,000 for general practitioners and $512,000 for specialists.

Unneeded Surgery and Tests: Possibly 15 to 35% of certain types of
operations and tests are unneeded. Malpractice Suits and "Defensive"
Medicine: Doctors pay high premiums on malpractice insurance which causes
them to charge more. The reason that these premiums are so high is because
currently there are practically no limits to an amount that can be sued for
pain and damages. Defensive medicine - procedures done to protect doctors
from being sued - is costing this country greatly.

Recognizing that waste is one of the greatest causes of the high prices
in health care, Clinton has introduced a plan to revise the health care
system by eliminating waste, and making sure that every single American can
be covered by a health plan.

Clinton's plan is based on three premises. First, that there is enough
waste in the current health care system to cover the costs of his new ...

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do is put caps on
insurance premiums thereby causing competition between insurers. It will
also greatly reduce the waste by: reducing the paperwork enormously by
having fewer insurance companies; removing unnecessary procedures by
putting limits on the insurance. It will also decrease greed and
profiteering by putting limits on doctor's salaries and on drug prices.

The Clinton health care plan is not without its faults. One of the
major problems is that it assumes that there is a tremendous amount of
waste in the current system, but many people say that that is an over
assumption. Another problem is that managed competition, (an attempt to
create competition in the health-care ...

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