How Can We Pay For Healthcare Reform?
While Congress and the rest of the nation turn the battle over healthcare reform into a pro-wrestling-style steel cage death match with enough rhetoric
to choke an English professor, at least one expert is looking beyond the bills on the table for a different solution.
According to a lengthy report by legal expert Terence Mix, author of The American Healthcare Dilemma (www.terencemix.com), reorganizing the FDA
and its activities could save Americans a trillion dollars over the next decade, essentially paying for healthcare reform through a combination of saving
consumers money, saving insurance companies money and saving the government money.
"Congress can deliver a pain-free healthcare plan - and the solution is right in its own back yard," Mix said. "In Rockville, Maryland, actually, at the
Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) of the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the division responsible for the approval and
monitoring of prescription and nonprescription drugs. And it won't require raising taxes on the wealthy, penalizing individuals and employers who don't
purchase health insurance or reducing Medicare payments to medical providers. It will only require fixing the archaic and inefficient methods and
practices of the CDER branch of the FDA."
Mix believes that cleaning up FDA miscues can save consumers serious money in unnecessary healthcare costs, as well as free up some
much-needed federal dollars. His chief complaints include:
â€¢ More than 50 percent of all drugs have serious adverse reactions that are discovered only after the drugs have entered the market (e.g., they are
not detected during premarket testing) - making us all unwitting guinea pigs.
â€¢ About 2,270,000 patients per year incur hospital costs as a result of adverse drug reactions.
â€¢ Another 4,300,000 visit other healthcare providers (physicians, hospital outpatient departments and emergency rooms) as a result of adverse drug
â€¢ Approximately 230,000 die each year