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Much work needed to fix American health care system



We agree it is a problem, but not on how to fix it. A new poll finds deep dissatisfaction with the American system of health care but widely differing views on how it should be changed. The poll by the Associated Press and The Center for Public Affairs Research found public satisfaction with the U.S. system of health care is remarkably low. Fewer than half of Americans say the system is working well. Only 12% say it is handled very or extremely well. And it gets worse. The public gives even lower marks for prescription drug costs, care for the elderly and how we treat those with mental health problems. Only 6% say those issues are handled very well. We are fortunate in our area to have quality medical care available at local institutions. But it is unnecessarily complex. Insurance seems to be a key problem. We have no idea what our insurance companies will cover if we need medical treatment until well after the bill arrives. Medicines are exceedingly expensive, with costs of common drugs like those to treat diabetes much higher in this country than elsewhere. And don’t forget about those $600 Epi-pens. It seems when it comes to health care, the so-called greatest country on Earth seems to need a lot of improvement.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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