Single Page National Health Care Plan

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Health care coverage basically boils down to four (4) questions:

Q1. Who needs it?
Q2. What do they need?
Q3. How much will it cost?
Q4. Who pays?

Instead of 1000-2000 page documents like what Congress likes to produce, a comprehensive and comprehendible starting structure for a national healthcare plan can be formatted on a couple of spreadsheets.  It would look something like the following:

SINGLE PAGE NATIONAL HEALTHCARE PLAN

(This was created from spreadsheet & not a stone tablet. Feel free to create your own.)

Q1. Who needs it?

*Gender – Female/Male
*Age – 0-12/12-18/18-25/25-40/40-65/65+

Q2. What do they need?
The U.S. Department of Health &  Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaide Services has published a listing of Category Definitions for National Healthcare Expenditures.
http://www.cms.hhs.gov/NationalHealthExpendData/downloads/quickref.pdf

HEALTHCARE EXPENDITURE CATEGORY
*DENTAL SERVICES
*DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT
*HOME HEALTH CARE
*HOSPITAL CARE
*NURSING HOME CARE
*OTHER PERSONAL HEALTH CARE
*OTHER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
*OUT-OF-POCKET PAYMENTS
*PHYSICIAN AND CLINICAL SERVICES
*PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AND NON-DURABLE MEDICAL PRODUCTS
*PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE

Well vs. sick care
*Prevention
*Intervention

Insurance Coverage
*Insured
*Uninsured

Q3. How much will it cost?
(Fill in the blanks.)

Q4. Who pays?
(Fill in the blanks.)

To address national healthcare, or any other issue, you:

1. Insert numbers in the blank cells of the spreadsheet.

2. Sort the numbers in descending order, from biggest to smallest.

3. Make a bar chart showing the numbers from biggest to smallest.

4. Start with the biggest bar on the chart.

 

Or…..you can start with 1000-2000 page incomprehendible documents and the uncompromising arguments that accompany them.

JK

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