The arguments have been going on as long as we’ve had modern healthcare. On one side we have those that claim the United States spends more on healthcare, with worse results, than any other industrial nation on earth. Therefore our system is broken.
The other side claims that the ability to spend more on healthcare may be an indicator than our system is the BEST in the world.
To be sure, no one wants to have to spend $550.00 a month on medication when we could craft a system that delivered the life saving pills at a tenth of the price. Spending money for money’s sake is silly. But our levels of expenditure are elevated because the medical care system is, quite simply and without debate, the best in the world.
Just ask Mr. and Mrs. Baker.
There is a couple in Seattle who have tried for the better part of a decade to have children. Nothing is working. Finally they agreed to explore a surrogate:
Misty and Brian Baker had tried for ten years to have a child through in vitro fertilization. The couple then reached out to their friends Brian and Amber Pluckebaum in Indiana.
They introduced the Bakers to Dr. William Gentry of the Advanced Fertility Group in Indianapolis, who last October suggested implanting embryos into not just Amber, but Misty as well.
“Why not both of you try? I mean, who knows?” Gentry told RTV6. “I think her thought was, ‘Sure, why not? But it’s not going to work with me. It never works.’”
So first of all, we have a couple suffering from the tragedy of not being able to have children. This condition ruins marriages and lives. Couples, in their quest to have kids, often times spend every last blessed dollar they have. The fact that America can deliver this service is a miracle in and of itself. And the fact that we are such a wealthy nation that we can afford it is yet another miracle.
The cost of medical care, in some cases, may in fact, be a feature.