I am all for affordable health care. I've got some good health care benefits where I work, and in the years I've been with my current employer, I've had three knee surgeries, which has included a total knee replacement. I also have access to coaches and advice nurses in the network.
I have noticed over the years that my co pays have gone upward. Some of this is necessary to cut down on abuse of the system I would guess. The cost of the insurance itself both to the employer and employee has gone up and the quality of the total package has gone down.
One of the major reasons that health care costs more and gives less is the cost of malpractice insurance to the doctors. One of the reasons for that is frivolous lawsuits from those looking for an easy dollar. The frivolous suits make it difficult for those who have legitimate complaints. Only real winners in these situations are attorneys.
I believe that doctors should give you the care you pay for and I also think that doctors are deserving of top pay. A doctor spends a good chunk of his, or her, life in schooling and have to keep up with their studies on a constant basis. I'm sure some are guilty of gross carelessness and deserve some punishment, but the high cost of malpractice insurance is a case of the majority paying the price for the transgressions of a few.
I also think that we all should pay more heed to the doctors' advice. Maybe walk more and eat less. Or maybe eat better and healthier. Spend more time away from television and our computers. And we need to educate ourselves about health maintenance.
Before we can expect our employers, or the government, to take care of our health care needs, we have to start taking care of ourselves and practice common sense all around.