Imagine a health care system based on these principles:
‘Services are funded through progressive taxation, so access is based on need, not ability to pay, and financial contributions are based on wealth, not health.‘
That’s the German model, as reported in the NYT’s today.
Although I have felt blessed to reside in a country where I’ve had access to cutting edge medical research, it has also meant that I max out my deductibles in the first two months of every calendar year. The end result is that more than one third of my income has gone to healthcare. Incredibly stressful and not a tenable situation. In short, there has to be a better way.
For a more in depth look at the German model, follow this link: The German Healthcare System