The Modern Healthcare System in the United States

today we're going to talk about the modern health care system in the United States and get a history and timeline of how we got to where we are today in 1901 the American Medical Association becomes a National Organization membership goes from about 8,000 physicians in 1900 to 70,000 in 1910 this is the beginning of organized medicine doctors are no longer expected to provide free services to all hospital patients the Depression in the 1930s changes the country's priorities to a greater emphasis on unemployment insurance and old-age benefits the Social Security Act is passed but doesn't even mention health insurance in the 1940s penicillin becomes widely used and has a dramatic effect on the leading cause of death at the time infection during the Second World War wage and price controls are placed on American employers to compete for workers companies begin to offer health benefits giving rise to the employer based system we have in place today President Roosevelt asked Congress for an economic Bill of Rights including the right to adequate medical care by the 1950s more medications are available to treat a range of diseases including infections glaucoma and arthritis new vaccines become available that prevent dreaded childhood diseases like polio the first successful organ transplant is performed and the price of hospital care doubles because of all of the new services in the early 1960s those outside the workplace especially the elderly have difficulty affording insurance President Lyndon Johnson signs Medicare and Medicaid into law the number of doctors calling themselves specialists grows from 55% in 1960 to 69 percent by the end of the decade by the 1970s health care costs are escalating rapidly partially due to higher than predicted Medicare costs along with rapidly rising inflation people are living longer with the greater use of technology more medication and a growing list of expensive cutting-edge treatments people start to question if the American medical system can sustain itself with the rising cost in the 80s corporations begin to integrate the hospital system previously a decentralized structure overall there's a shift towards privatization and corporatization of healthcare by the 1990s healthcare costs rise at double the rate of inflation in the 2000s healthcare costs continue to rise and Medicare is viewed by most experts as unsustainable for the coming baby boomer population premiums going up by double digits each year along with the aging of the workforce lead many to believe that health insurance through your employer can't last direct-to-consumer advertising for pharmaceuticals and medical devices begin to engage the consumer in the process the internet begins to put quality medical information in front of consumers both from news sources like WebMD and trusted Centers of Excellence like the Mayo Clinic and others by 2010 Facebook Twitter YouTube and other social networking sites continue to revolutionize communication consumers go online to learn about everything including their health the passage of the Affordable Care Act's makes major changes to the future of care putting more emphasis on prevention and detection in 2012 a Silicon Valley doctor launches step1 health an easy connection to new health care step1 health is a digital starting line that allows consumers to be proactive informed and in charge of their health care decisions step one health combines easy access to early detection and prevention with a community of connected people changing the health care experience the step one health consumer experience starts with a free private health record or PHR where detailed lab results answer the question what is my health like today the private record then connects to the tools and people who are waiting to help working together in a community everyone can make informed decisions and track changes in his or her health over a lifetime because knowing your numbers is where you start the first step one health partner is my med lab my med lab is a leading provider of direct-to-consumer laboratory testing services my med lab will provide all eligible step one health members with a baseline panel of 65 different tests with no out-of-pocket expense members can determine if their health plan qualifies for the free benefit by going to step one health com those whose health plans do not cover the cost can purchase the same benefit for a discounted price understanding your health improves the quality of life for you and your entire family joining step one health as a family and creating a private health record for each member of your family encourages healthy habits that last a lifetime step one health membership is free for everyone to get started visit step one health com


  1. So this video is about 50% history and 50% blatant sales pitch for Step One Health and My Med Lab.

  2. Talk about complicated!

  3. I took my little sister to the doctor last week for a 104 fever and the dumb doctor took mouth swabs which should have been plenty, and chest x-rays only to say that he didn't know what she had but that it was probably the flu because it had been going around. He even forgo to give her fever medicine and my dumb ass forgot to ask too. Musinix is crap, it doesn't work at all.

  4. I cant believe people are blaming Obama for the healthcare system all he did was give millions of people healthcare!! he didn't set the prices in the premiums!! the pharmaceutical companies did and we all know that the pharmaceutical companies have many politicians in their pockets, mainly republicans because they know they're a dying breed and take millions in campaign contributions (bribes). so they worked together and pharmaceutical giants raised the premiums through the roof to make Obamacare look like a failure. the only thing trump will change is the name, he wants obamacare for himself, republicans even know it was genius and now being the thieves that they are will inherit it. America the great?? lol more like America the scam.

  5. unbelievable, only in this country people try to take away healtcaaare!!! from each otherrr!!!! Omg we go hand in hand and fight filthy senseless wars with each other but when it comes to health care we get psychotic!!?? vile and discussing Americans of today are as useful as a cock flavored lollipop

  6. In the United States really high by European standards, the infant mortality rate of 5.87 per 1,000 live births, compared to France's 3.28 per 1,000 live births, and in Japan 2.08 per 1,000 live births. The highest infant mortality rates in the world 100 children per 1,000 live births in Afghanistan.

    Infant mortality in the United States, 5.87 in 1000 is not much lower than in the Ukraine 8.12 per 1,000 live births. In Ukraine and in the United States, doctors are obliged to nurse all the children born from 25 weeks of development. In Japan, doctors are obliged to nurse all the children born from 22 weeks of development.

    Also in the US abortion rate is higher than in Ukraine. United States 15.7 abortions per 1,000 women, Ukraine 13.5 abortions per 1,000 women.

    GDP per person per year in the US 56,084 dollars, infant mortality 5,87 per 1,000 live births. In Ukraine, GDP per capita in the year 7,984 dollars, infant mortality is 8.12 per 1,000 live births. In Japan, GDP per person per year 38,148 dollars, the infant mortality rate of 2.08 per 1,000 live births.

  7. @the science of you Hi there I was wondering if I can put your video down as a reference? also do you have any links to where you got your research from for this video? I wanted to use this info in an essay I'm writing for a university essay and you have great information!

  8. Privatizaion and corporization is healthcare should be illegal in all countries.

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