The History of the US Healthcare System


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John Wright

It is my pleasure to introduce myself as John Wright I wrote the book The History of the US Healthcare System to raise money for the documentary film.

In 1946, Hill-Burton was passed following the discovery that nearly one-third of all males between 18 and 37 eligible for the draft were physically or mentally unfit. There were several turning points in American history during Hill-Burton. To ensure that older and disabled Americans receive medical care (through Medicare) and impoverished families receive health care (through Medicaid), the federal government has committed its resources. Federal and state laws mandated healthcare innovations, but the financial oligarchy has buried them all. As a result, the insurance industry has pocketed $1 trillion from the nation’s healthcare budget.

There is a third-leading cause of death in the US that most doctors do not want you to know about. Approximately 250,000 Americans die every year because of medical errors, according to a Johns Hopkins study. Several reports claim that the number is as high as 440,000.Between 1946 and 1973, there was a non-profit healthcare system. Wall Street lobbyists, investors, and insurance companies formed the HMO company after the HMO Act passed in 1973. In the US healthcare system, doctor-patient relationships have changed to corporate-consumer relationships. Our healthcare system has declined since the HMO system was created five decades ago. Death rates are higher due to higher healthcare costs and fewer services.

Medical debt is common among Americans and has been common in recent years. A recent survey by LendingTree found that almost one in four Americans have medical debt or have had it in the past. Thirty percent of millennials are between the ages of 26 and 41. Returning to a non-profit healthcare system would save the government 4 trillion dollars a year in insurance companies. The average US citizen spends ten thousand dollars in health insurance costs each year. This could have been avoided if the US had returned to the Hill-Burton System.

We must relieve mom-and-pop businesses and large corporations of expensive healthcare bills. More than 30% of Americans have healthcare debt. Returning to a nonprofit system would allow small businesses to hire employees without paying for healthcare insurance. The production of vehicles at General Motors could be reduced by four to seven billion dollars a year, according to estimates.

US healthcare has regressed rather than progressed over the past 50 years due to policies implemented. Medicine today attracts the wrong type of people. In the healthcare industry, money is more important than healing the patients.

This book was written to give the reader an insight and understanding of why our healthcare system has become unaffordable. Healthcare managed by HMOs has replaced the old non-profit Hill-Burton system, which was the most effective.

For the United States to compete in the manufacturing industry, it must reduce healthcare costs. Our young people and our elderly should not be burdened with this financial albatross. Due to outrageous insurance costs, we deny them healthcare.

Sincerely Yours

John T. Wright


2732 S. Padre Island Dr

Corpus Christi TX ste 111


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