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  • Writer's pictureSarah Schafer, MD

Abysmal and unsustainable: our broken health care system

Updated: Sep 20, 2022

I often enjoy Dr. Milton Packer’s blog on MedPage Today. He often thinks “big picture” about medical practice. His recent post provides an excellent analysis of the dysfunctional state of the U.S. health care system: I agree with his description of it as “abysmal and unsustainable.“ I highly recommend reading the entire article, but will share a few quotes that stood out for me.

Key quotes:

My comment:

I could not agree more with this last statement. You should not go broke because you got sick. It is ironic that even as an MD, my treatment choices are limited by what I can afford. Like many reading this blog, I have been too sick to work for many years. Medicare is helpful, but drug costs and even co-pays for PT and other visits limit my ability to access optimal treatment.

I don’t know what the best model for a health care system will look like, but this is not it!

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