Originally Posted by NYCGP
I always think about the example of AIDS/HIV. It is much more profitable for drug companies to treat these patients than it is to cure them. It is such a horrible thing to even think about.
There was a short period of time when both sides talked about preventative medicine. But it is such a complex problem to tackle. It is infinitely simpler to just say, "We will just pay for your medical coverage."
The number of companies incorporating "Wellness Plans" is growing day by day. It has been shown to decrease the amount of money that they have to spend on their employees health benefits. It comes with an initial investment. But it pays dividends in the long run. I am not directly saying we should run this country like a business. But, we could certainly learn from what many of these companies are doing. As long as it is optional, it appeases everyone. No one should be forced to eat a certain way or go to the gym. But when people are given a no cost option, studies have shown they take advantage of the opportunity. Certainly a step in the right direction.
It doesn't even need to be a "no cost option".
Even a "low cost option" where people pay as much as they can afford towards their total health care premiums would be good. Many people who have no healthcare right now (and get all their healthcare for free in hospitals as emergencies thanks to Richard Nixon) would be happy to PAY to get preventative healthcare if they could afford it.
Tell people they can get something valuable at a 50% discount, and people will line up to pay for it. In the end we will pay less for their emergency care, and they will contribute more towards their own healthcare expenses. We all win.