Why Our Health Care System is Broken & One Simple Solution

The U.S. has one of the most expensive health care systems in the world (in 2012 we spent $2.7 trillion), and yet we consistently rank low in system performance compared to other industrialized nations. Watch Dr. Jandel Allen-Davis artfully explain how we’re drowning in our current health care system and her suggestion for what it takes to pull ourselves out.

Dr. Jandel Allen-Davis is a keynote speaker for Emerging Womens Power Party: Brilliant Women Igniting Change in the World, an evening of inspiration and connection at Converge Denver on June 12th. Find more info here.

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61 comments

Kimberly C.
Kimberly C.1 years ago

Too much politics, too much paperwork and focus on the payment, not the patient.

Providers (drug, insurance and hospital/medical companies) have more money than the consumers (patients) or labor (doctors, nurses, et al). Providers buy politicians so they vote for their benefit, not ours.

Until money is removed from our political system, we the people will suffer the consequences.

Norma Villarreal
Norma Villarreal1 years ago

It takes each individual to be responsible for their own health. The current health care situation is about making money, not well-being.

Pamela Tracy
Pamela Tracy1 years ago

WELL...MY RIGHT CHOLECTOMY ....COLON CANCER COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED IF THE EVIL BUSINESS IN THIS COUNTRY WAS NOT KILLING OFF PEOPLE...BLINDSIDING PEOPLE...I JUST MADE IT WITH MY CANCER...6 MORE MONTHS AND I WOULD HAVE BEEN IN TROUBLE. WHEN I CAME HOME FROM PEACE CORPS AND WAS NOT WORKING RIGHT AWAY I TRIED TO GET AN APPT TO AN IM AND NO ONE WOULD ACCEPT PEACE CORPS PAYMENT. THEN MY BACK INJURY KEPT MY MIND OFF MY INTERNAL MEDICINE APPT. AND I FELT EXCELLENT....WHAT I DID NOT KNOW WAS I HAD A POLYP.....THIS POLYP GREW OVER YEARS..I DID NOT HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE FOR YEARS.

THEN LATER I FOUND OUT GYN PRACTITIONERS THAT TREATED ME SHOULD HAVE SENT ME FOR A COLONOSCOPY ALSO...MANY GYN'S DO THAT .....SO MY GYN'S DID NOT....THE SURGERY ENDED UP COSTING MY INSURANCE....PLENTY OF MONEY....I WOULD NOT EVEN HAD HAD CANCER IF DOCTORS HAD DONE THE RIGHT THING.

SECONDLY, I ENDED UP HAVING A HYSTERECTOMY AT 69 YEARS OR 68 .....AND A BLADDER REPAIR......NONE OF MY FORMER GYNS IN THE 1980'S EVER TOLD ME THAT MY BLADDER PROLAPSE WOULD GET WORSE IN OLD AGE ONE OF THE REASONS WHY IS BECAUSE I COULD NOT TAKE HORMONE REPLACEMENT. IF THEY HAD TOLD ME THIS I COULD HAVE TRIED SOME HOMEOPATHY TO HELP KEEP ME HEALTHY. NO ONE TOLD ME MY BLADDER WOULD PRESS IN AND PUSH OUT TO THE OPENING OF MY VAGINA........THESE DOCTORS JUST DID NOT CARE..DO YOUR 20 MINUTES AND GO HOME. THE ONLY THING MY GYN DOCTORS DID DO WAS MAKE SURE I DID NOT GET CERVICAL CANCER...I ALSO HAD TWO FLUID FILLED OVARIAN C

Aaron Bouchard
Aaron Bouchard1 years ago

Thank you

Else G.
Else G.1 years ago

Richard B I'm Canadian and have never had a problem getting in to see my doctor. If it's an emergency I get in right away. If it's a non emergency ( Check up etc.) I make an appointment and get an appointment within a week or 2.

Richard B.
Richard B.1 years ago

Several of USA’s low rankings have plausible explanations, or are based on more political reasons (as W.H.O. does). Stats like “The USA ranks low in life expectancy” tend to be skewed due to things like homicides, car accidents, etc. When those anomalies are statistically controlled, the U.S. health care system ranks near the top. The US has ranked first in responsiveness to patients’ needs and in outcomes. Whereas, Canada ranks last among 11 OECD countries on how quickly Canadians can actually get to see their family physicians. This is not to say we don’t have much room for improvement in US. Health care should provide basic access for everyone, but it should be done preferably at state or local level, or without kicking millions off their plans despite promises to the contrary, as we saw in 2013. As we have seen from the current VA scandal, national bureaucracies are prone to putting up a barrier between patient and doctor.

Maria Teresa Schollhorn

Thank you.

Mary Donnelly
Mary Donnelly1 years ago

THANKS.

Sandra L.
Sandra L.1 years ago

We often hear criticism of our health care system here in Canada but besides having received wonderful care in my life and having options pay options for certain services, we just recently learned that the highly specialized treatment I need that isn't available in my area and will have to travel to Seattle for is covered by our health care plan. That's not about profit, that's about health care.

june t.
june t.1 years ago

I don't understand the healthcare debate in the U.S.
Who wouldn't want their fellow human beings to have affordable access to health care?
It doesn't make sense.