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When health care is promoted as “free”

Free Healthcare

Health expenditures in the United States neared $2.6 trillion in 2010, over ten times the $256 billion spent in 1980. The rate of growth in recent years has slowed relative to the late 1990s and early 2000s, but is still expected to grow faster than national income over the foreseeable future.

So imagine my surprise when I saw this Medicare commercial last night that stated preventative health care services provided by Medicare were “free:”

CMS also uses the word “free” in the description of the new health care law’s provisions on their Youtube channel:

“For those with Medicare, the health care law offers most preventive health care services for free.”

Describing health care services as “free” dissociates people the cost reality of providing these services. It perpetuates the myth that we can have health care services without having to pay for them. Further, calling services “free” devalues the expertise and cost of facilities and regulatory oversight required to support such services.

WATCH IT HERE – Healthcare Promoted as Free

About the author

Josh Sandberg

Josh Sandberg has been an executive search consultant focused exclusively on orthopedic and spine start-ups since 2004. He has had a tremendous impact in helping his clients avoid costly hiring mistakes by his deep industry knowledge and network. In 2010, Josh co-founded Ortho Spine Companies, which is the parent company of Ortho Spine Distributors (OSD), Surg.io and Ortho Sales Partners (OSP). OSD a searchable database that helps ease the frustration of finding orthopedic distributors throughout the country. Surg.io is the ultimate distributor toolkit that offers distributors the tools necessary to build the foundation of a scalable and highly functioning sales organization. OSP is an end-to-end solution that helps companies approach the Global Market in a cost efficient way. Our team has hundreds of years of experience and can help you navigate the many challenges present in bringing new technologies to the market.

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