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The US spends more money on health care than any other country in the world yet most Americans do no receive adequate health care Many factors have contributed to this problem One major factor is cost The price of health care has risen tremendously in the previous years and is expected to continue to rise in the years to come Some reasons for the high cost of health care are technology administrative costs unnecessary care and patient complexity Technology plays an important role in the increasing health care costs because it gets more and more expensive as new drugs procedures and equipment are created Administrative costs which include paying physicians hospital bills enrollment marketing and determining eligibility also add up to a large sum of money According to Peter Conrads The Social Organization of Medical Care cost administrative costs accounted for about 25 of the 738 billion health care expenditure in 1990 and the estimated savings in administrative costs for some proposed health care reforms is 31 billion to 67 billion Although it is difficult to define which procedures are necessary and which are not unnecessary procedures add to the cost of health care These procedures take away from the money needed to perform life-saving and emergency procedures Also it seems as though and more patients are seeking treatment with serious life threatening conditions Although not a major contributor to the cost of health care complex surgeries and treatments begin to add up In 1965 Lyndon B Johnson created Medicare and Medicare to help benefit people who could not afford health insurance Medicare created to aid the elderly and Medicaid created to aid the poor both help in a few ways but in reality neither one covers enough to really benefit these people Medicare which covers all adults age 65 and older takes care of hospital costs skilled nursing facilities hospice and a few others Unfortunately many elderly people need prescription
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