The solution is easy. Healthcare for all? Make it a public utility and be done with it. The time for bold moves is dwindling. I am not so naive to think this is in the works but what I am suggesting--the problem has to be defined because the solutions are different.
For example, the US spends more on healthcare than the entire GDP of France, India, Italy, Brazil, or Canada. You could float the spend out as a country larger than the entire GDP of either of those listed countries. The image below, from JAMA demonstrates the source of the spending classifying diabetes, urogenital, blood, and endocrine diseases as its own category--DUBE.
When is the last time anyone voluntarily became ill enough to enter into the healthcare market? Can you negotiate on price when the costs are not transparent or the provider is also blind to cost information at the point of care?
I don't get warm and fuzzies when considering healthcare as a capitalist system either. Profit is the underlying motive with competition being the main driver vs. supply and demand of free markets. We are aware of the power of monopolies and how capitalism creates wealth in contrast with exchanges of wealth or goods and services in a free market.
If your only exposure to economic theory is the classical approach presented in introductory courses you may have heard about the rational consumer. This adds the interesting bias that we all make rational, well considered choices. Modern economics has upended this notion of rationality and revealed the complexity of our irrational brain and the heuristics and cognitive biases contained herein.
If you aren't measuring the potential role of moral judgement in prejudice--how do you know what you don't know?
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