Health care jobs are expanding! Is that good or bad for the country?

As it is presidential election season, we have heard, and will continue to hear, lots of discussion on the American economy and the status of employment. Policy-makers and politicians love to be able to show how many jobs they have created. These same politicians want to decrease health care costs, or at least have us think that they try hard to do so. But the main reason that governmental officials haven’t contributed to decreasing health costs in the United States, aside from worsening political polarization, is embodied in the most recent government jobs report—the health care sector creates more jobs than any other industry.

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Health costs are going down! So why are they not actually going down?

A recent report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Urban Instituteshows that the United States as a whole is going to save $2.6 trillion from 2014 to 2019 in health spending! Except that health insurance premiums continue to go up every year, including predictions that 2017 premiums will increase significantly for those in health insurance exchanges. So what’s really going on? Why don’t we all see these savings?

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Donald Trump’s Plastic Surgeon Declares Him a Poor Surgical Candidate

New York, NY—Donald Trump, successful businessman presumptive Republican nominee for President, recently met with his plastic surgeon to discuss a hair transplant procedure. After evaluating Mr Trump, his surgeon, Dr Norman Drumpf, found that his abrasive personality and multiple bigoted quips make him a poor surgical candidate for the procedure.

“You really need to have a positive, happy attitude for this procedure to be successful,” said Dr Drumpf, a cousin to Mr Trump. “Racially insensitive remarks and overall douchie-ness negatively impact scalp health and may render the entire procedure a failure. On the other hand, his current hair condition is in such a state that it may be considered an emergent procedure instead of elective. However, I feel the negatives far outweigh the positives in this case.”

Dr Drumpf had been encouraging Mr Trump for months to change his temperament prior to the procedure. Mr Trump initially fought it, repeatedly challenging the notion that his personality was too difficult to make him a poor surgical candidate. At the most recent visit, he denied ever having questioned the surgeon’s recommendations and declared that he was fully ready for the procedure.

“I kept reiterating the absolute necessity of an optimistic approach to life for this to work. At the last visit, he initially demanded that I get out of the office, even though it was in my own clinic. He then shouted that he would sue me for slander, but I strictly follow HIPAA, so I couldn’t understand his frustration.”

Mr Trump then yelled obscenities at Dr Drumpf in front of other patients and staff as he stormed out of the office.

“I’m afraid his behavior in the office merely epitomized the reason that he is such a poor candidate.”

Mr Trump could not be reached for comment.

General musings from a Family Physician