After a macrumors hiatus, I'm back (school is crazy this semester). Hope I haven't missed too much. I'm guessing that most everyone here still hates Bush, but is as nervous as I am about the election. Whoever wins, half the country is going to be seriously pissed off. Anyway, regarding healthcare, my brother emailed me this pdf outlining a book called "Miracle Cure". It's written by a Canadian woman who now resides in the US. She basically gives the facts about the health care systems in the US and Canada, and then makes recommendations to fix them both. Her book is recommended by Milton Friedman (nobel prize in Economics), so I'm inclined to take what she says as both true and viable. Some of the more interesting tidbits are as follows... She basically states that the main problem with US healthcare is that we have all come to believe that insurance means free doctor's visits. However, she contends that "insurance" is just that; insurance in case of major problems. But, because we all believe that "insurance" should pay for everything, the prices are spiraling out of control. What would car insurance cost if it covered oil changes and gas fill-up's? Also, she states that doctor's spend about 30 minutes doing paperwork for every hour they are with a patient. This drives costs up. We get charged for 1.5 hours for a one hour visit. Her solutions: 1)Move back to using "insurance" as coverage for catastrophic events. Pay for a routine check up yourself. This is easier if the government allows us to use tax-free dollars to do so (HSA's, which are already signed into law. They take effect next year). 2)Get rid of state by state laws regarding insurance. This over complicates things and makes insurance more expensive. Allow for companies to offer a product nationwide. 3)Reform medical malpractice insurance and the current system that encourages lawsuit abuse. 4)Fix medicare. It's set to broke in 2019 anyway. Thoughts?