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Do the math

Dear Editor:

A reader recently wrote this paper (“Take action on health care,” Feb. 8, letters to the editor) and made the case that health care needs reform. He correctly noted that we spend over $8,000 per person per year for care. Now we must face the reality that the proposal, now dead in Congress, would not have made that hefty price tag any easier to pay.

Our problems are systemic and only a careful point by point process to fix the ills will reform the health care system. Now Scott Brown has changed the game. If the Republicans are wise, and the Democrats aren’t stubborn, we have been given the opportunity to start over and find a bipartisan and sound reform.

We all know what’s wrong. We need to start with that list and find our best solutions: 1) Repair Medicare, 2) Tort reform, 3) Shorten drug patent protection periods, 4) Subsidize medical training and create a “wellness” system, 5) Separate the insurance bill into several component parts such as basic care, catastrophic events, incentives for healthy habits, etc., and 6) subsidize clinical services to minimize the costs of care.

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These issues and others have not been addressed and must. We need to put pressure on our Congress to get on with real reform.

Terence Conklin

Boulder City, Nev.


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