Access to Health Care, Do You Care?

The pressure on our sprawling healthcare system in the U.S. has never been greater. There’s an urgent need to expand testing and treatment for COVID-19 to all residents who need it, regardless of health insurance status. Massive federal cash influxes have sought to shore up hospitals sagging under the weight of the coronavirus burden and the related cessation of elective surgery and regular medical care.1?

Long before this crisis, the U.S. led other industrialized nations in high spending on healthcare and getting a low bang for the buck in terms of health outcomes and the percentage of the population served. Life expectancy in the U.S., for example, is 78.8 years, while it ranges from 80.7 to 83.9 in 10 other high-income countries, according to an influential study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). And only 90% of the population in the U.S. has health insurance, compared to 99% to 100% of the population in the other industrialized countries examined.2?

KEY TAKEAWAYS
COVID-19 has increased pressure on our highly complex and expensive healthcare system, making it more urgent to lower costs.
One reason for high costs is administrative waste. Providers face a huge array of usage and billing requirements from multiple payers, which makes it necessary to hire costly administrative help for billing and reimbursements.
According to Legacy Healing Center, Americans pay almost four times as much for pharmaceutical drugs as citizens of other developed countries.
Hospitals, doctors, and nurses all charge more in the U.S. than in other countries, with hospital costs increasing much faster than professional salaries.
In other countries, prices for drugs and healthcare are at least partially controlled by the government. In the U.S. prices depend on market forces.
Costly Healthcare Hurts Everyone
The high cost of healthcare affects everyone, sick or well. It has depressed individual spending power for the past few decades. Salaries for American workers have risen, but net pay has stayed the same because of increasing charges for health insurance.3? Today, tightening up on overspending is urgent to help stretch medical and hospital resources to control COVID-19.

Here are six underlying reasons for the high cost of healthcare in the U.S.

1. Multiple Systems Create Waste
“Administrative” costs are frequently cited as a cause for excess medical spending. The U.S. spends about 8% of its healthcare dollar on administrative costs, compared to 1% to 3% in the 10 other countries the JAMA study looked at.

The U.S. healthcare system is extremely complex, with separate rules, funding, enrollment dates, and out-of-pocket costs for employer-based insurance, private insurance from healthcare.gov, Medicaid, and Medicare, in all its many pieces. In each of these sectors consumers must choose among several tiers of coverage, high deductible plans, managed care plans (HMOs and PPOs) and fee-for-service systems. These plans may or may not include pharmaceutical drug insurance which has its own tiers of coverage, deductibles, and copays or coinsurance.

For providers, this means dealing with myriad regulations about usage, coding, and billing. And, in fact, these activities make up the largest share of administrative costs.4?

2. Drug Costs Are Rising
On average, Americans shell out almost four times as much for pharmaceutical drugs as citizens of other industrialized countries pay. High drug prices are the single biggest area of overspending in the U.S. compared to Europe, where drug prices are government regulated, often based on the clinical benefit of the medication. Take a look at these sonus complete reviews for cheaper real medicines to treat hearing conditions.

With little regulation of drug prices, the U.S. spends an average of $1,443 per person, compared to $749, on average, spent by the other prosperous countries studied. In the U.S. private insurers can negotiate drug prices with manufacturers, often through the services of pharmacy benefit managers. However, Medicare, which pays for a hefty percentage of the national drug costs, is not permitted to negotiate prices with manufacturers.

3. Doctors (and Nurses) Are Paid More
The average U.S. family doctor earns $218,173 a year, and specialists make $316,000—way above the the average in other industrialized countries. American nurses make considerably more than elsewhere, too. The average salary for a U.S. nurse is about $74,250, compared to $58,041 in Switzerland and $60,253 in the Netherlands.6? 7?

U.S. managed care plans (HMOs and PPOs) may succeed in lowering healthcare costs by requiring prior authorization for seeing a high-priced specialist. Use of a nurse practitioner instead of a family doctor can also save money.

Jadilah Penemu yang Mengubah Dunia – Ikuti Lenovo DoNetworkID Program

Kalau dipikir-pikir, hidup di zaman kita ini sangat enak, ya? Apalagi bila kita kilas balik ke zaman dahulu kala; Belum ada sepeda, listrik, apalagi internet. Pergi ke luar kota harus berjalan kaki selama berhari-hari. Mau mengirim pesan, harus minta bantuan merpati pos. Mau mengumumkan sebuah berita penting ke seisi kampung, harus pakai kentongan.

The world without internet :D

Sejujurnya, kita harus berterima kasih kepada para inovator yang telah membantu membuat hidup kita jauh lebih baik. Terima kasih kepada Thomas Alva Edison yang telah menemukan lampu listrik. Terima kasih kepada Wright Bersaudara yang telah menemukan pesawat terbang. Terima kasih kepada para inovator lainnya yang jumlahnya terlalu banyak untuk disebut di sini.

Bukan hanya di luar negeri. Di Indonesia pun, kita bisa menyebut banyak nama yang telah sukses sebagai inovator. Ada nama Tirto Utomo, orang yang pertama kali memproduksi dan menjual air putih dalam kemasan. Ada nama Satya Witoelar, orang yang membangun layanan sosial media pertama di dunia yang berbasis lokasi. Dan masih banyak nama lainnya.

Satu pertanyaan yang perlu kita renungkan, “Bisakah saya menjadi seorang penemu juga?”

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#MozCamp2011 Asia dan Kuala Lumpur – Day 1

Bulan November kemarin saya sempat menyambangi Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia, demi mengikuti acara akbar Mozilla Camp Asia 2011. Mozilla Camp Asia 2011 ini adalah acara invitation-only bagi para kontributor aktif Mozilla di Asia. Dan ini adalah Mozilla Camp yang pertama kali diselenggarakan di Asia, dengan tema “Many Voices One Mozilla”.

Many Voices One Mozilla

Acara Mozilla Camp Asia tersebut diselenggarakan dari tanggal 19 – 20 November 2011, di Hotel Intercontinental, Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia. Diikuti oleh kurang lebih 150 peserta dari berbagai negara, khususnya negara-negara di Asia. Para paid staff dari Mozilla Foundation HQ (headquarter) juga pada berdatangan. Termasuk Chairperson Mozilla Foundation, Mitchell Baker! Yay! Dan ya, tentunya Gen Kanai juga ada!

Mozilla Indonesia di Mozilla Asia Camp 2011. Photo by Viking Karwur.

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Rencana Akhir Tahun

Pulang kampung ke Makassar tiap akhir tahun, menghabiskan waktu di sana minimal 1 minggu untuk merayakan Natal dan Tahun Baru, berkumpul bersama keluarga, kopdar ama teman-teman Angingmammiri, jalan-jalan ama keponakan-keponakan, hingga reuni ama teman-teman kuliah dulu. Dan tentunya, kudu wisata kuliner hahaha :P

Tapi akhir tahun ini sedikit berbeda. Berhubung tahun ini udah kebanyakan cuti karena jalan-jalan (hihihi), jadi saya merayu nyokap untuk datang ke Jakarta saja. Supaya saya masih bisa kerja sambil tetap merayakan Natal bareng nyokap. Dan gayung bersambut, nyokap pun menyetujui, dan rencananya minggu ini nyokap dan keponakanku yg centil, Eunice, akan datang ke Jakarta, dan akan menghabiskan waktu selama 3 minggu di sini. Horeee!!!!

Eunice lagi tertidur di mobil

Sekarang saya sedang menyusun rencana, kira-kira apa saja yang akan dilakukan selama mereka ada di Jakarta. Ngecek-ngecek promo yang ada, kali-kali aja banyak promo akhir tahun yang cocok. Ada teman yang menginfokan kalau Telkomsel sedang banyak-banyaknya program promo untuk akhir tahun ini. Ketika saya cek, wuih ternyata banyak! Wait.., cek poin dulu.. ketik POIN dan kirim sms ke 777. Hmm..

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Unboxing Bold 9790

Seperti yang telah diceritakan di sini, saya dapat Blackberry Bold 9790, yang konon saat di-launch-nya dulu, merupakan yang pertama di dunia, di Asia, yaitu di Indonesia.

Sesuai dengan brand Blackberry Bold, smartphone Blackberry Bold 9790 konon sangat bertenaga, kaya fitur dan dibangun dengan materi. Mengkombinasikan layar sentuh responsif dan resolusi tinggi, dalam desain ramping yang membuatnya mudah dibawa dan nyaman digenggam. Dengan sistem operasi Blackberry 7 dan processor 1Ghz, Bold 9790 ini cukup cepat untuk browsing, buka aplikasi, atau menikmati multimedia. Perangkat ini juga mnyertakan memori internal 8Gb dan tambahan slot kartu memori hingga 32Gb sebagai media penyimpanan tambahan.

Unboxing Bold 9790

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Birthday, Bellagio, and Mozilla WebFWD

Tanggal 15 November kemarin, saya berulang tahun. Sejak tengah malam, ucapan-ucapan sudah memenuhi inbox sms, mention di twitter, bahkan di milis Blogger Makassar udah rame aja :D Rasa haru menyeruak, masih ada aja yang inget ulang tahunku. Jauh dari keluarga cukup bikin saya sedikit mellow hahaha. Dan saya bersyukur kepada Yang Maha Kuasa, masih diberi kesempatan mencicipi bagaimana rasanya berumur 32 tahun *dan rasanya sih biasa-biasa saja hahaha*.

Hari itu saya beraktivitas seperti biasa, ke klinik tempat saya kerja selama ini, Hendra Hidayat Dental Center, bahkan hari itu ada operasi odontectomy (pengangkatan gigi geraham bungsu yang miring). Usai operasi, seluruh staff klinik ternyata telah menyediakan sepotong kue sederhana dan sebuah lilin untuk ditiup. Waaa senangnya :D

Tiup lilin!! :D

Setelah semua urusan di klinik selesai, sore itu saya lalu menuju ke Ritz Carlton Pacific Place. Beberapa hari yang lalu saya dikirimi undangan hardcopy dari RIM untuk menghadiri acara launching yang saya sendiri bingung apa yg akan di-launch :D

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