Before we begin to discuss new and positive approaches to this momentous problem, let’s take a look at the state of healthcare in America today:
• The United States is the only industrialized country in the world without a universal health insurance system. 1
• Half of the bankruptcy filings in the United States were due to medical expenses. 2
• From 2000 to 2006, health care premiums have increased 87%. 3
Young people have not been spared the worst effects of this problem, which has reached epidemic proportions among minors and young adults with more than 9 million children lacking health insurance in America.
There are deeply rooted problems that affect not just the millions of poor Americans who cannot afford access to decent healthcare. In fact, the industry itself has been hurt by the continued shrinking of the middle class.
So what can be done?
This week Interviewfest highlights the work of three solution providers whose innovative business models offer constructive solutions.
Mark Goldenson, a serial entrepreneur, is rethinking the entire process of telepsychiatry; whereby mental health patients are assigned to online counselors and therapists. Early stage angel investor Nicola Corzine from the Band of Angels walks us through the investment vetting process for those of our readers who are interested in setting up a healthcare or healthcare related business. And Laura Zabel from Springboard for the Arts is implementing a program that offers to help artists to achieve a sustainable livelihood by offering them affordable health insurance.
72% of Americans believe the healthcare system needs fundamental changes or needs to be completely rebuilt. Two-thirds of Americans believe the federal government should guarantee universal healthcare for all citizens. Recently, the Obama administration passed a significant bill that will hopefully make an impact in our current society and future generations.
We encourage you to continue the dialogue with our interviewees inside the ‘Dialogue Box’ located down the page.
1. CIA Handbook 2008
2. Health Affairs Journal 2005
3. Kaiser Family Foundation
4. Commonwealth Fund survey
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