Radioactive words: cost containment and rationing. The reality however is that we should all be embracing a strong counter force to the expanding menu of health care options and services that the medical industrial complex is trying to sell us.
A lot of what passes for health care in the United States is cosmetic and elective, not to mention unproven and actually guinea pig medicine. As a formerly well-insured American, my life is littered with examples. I will describe just one of each of the above as I am sure each and every well insured individual can, if honest or more importantly well informed and educated, find that they are also the beneficiaries of this largesse.
As a women with two children, I have undergone two births in the US. In both cases I wanted to have as natural a childbirth as possible. Even though a midwife was not covered by my comprehensive health insurance, I chose to pay from my pocket to have one. But even my midwife's standard prenatal care included having numerous ultrasounds, which were fully covered by my insurance.
In the last two years, researching health care, I have found out that in countries such as Canada, only women who have a complication during pregnancy get an ultrasound. The World Health Organization only recommends ultrasound to diagnose problems. Only about fifteen percent of pregnancies are considered problem pregnancies. The reason for this is we do not yet know enough concerning potential negative side effects to the fetus of all this radiation, yet, in this country, if you are insured, you get at least one ultrasound. The average is actually 2.1 ultrasounds per pregnancy. It is considered basic preventive medicine. The body has numerous natural "alerts" designed to let a women know that there may be an impending problem. However in the United States ultrasounds, instead of being used to diagnose problems as originally intended, are now being used to rule out problems. The bottom line financially is that eighty-five percent of ultrasounds in the US are not needed!