Elect Dr. Zane Lawhorn, House of Delegates Patriot, not Politician
Honesty. Trust. Integrity. Character. Service.
I am Dr. Zane Lawhorn and I believe these still mean something to the people of the 27th District (see map).
I am a Republican candidate for West Virginia House of Delegates, District 27. I am running because I know how to lower health care costs, because I have done it. In my office a routine exam has only increased 1% per year over the last 20 years. While in America, health care costs have more than doubled increasing by 113%, an average of 6% per year. –Dr. Zane Lawhorn
In 2015, U.S. health care costs were $3.2 trillion. That makes health care one of the country’s largest industries, equaling to 17.8 percent of gross domestic product. In comparison, health care cost $27.2 billion in 1960, just 5 percent of GDP. That translates to an annual health care cost of $9,990 per person in 2015 versus just $146 per person in 1960. Health care costs have risen faster than the annual income. Health care consumed 4 percent of earnings in 1960 compared to 6 percent in 2013.
The two causes of this massive increase were government policy and lifestyle changes. First, the United States relies on company-sponsored private health insurance. The government created programs like Medicare and Medicaid to help those without insurance. These programs spurred demand for health care services. That gave providers the ability to raise prices. Other efforts to reform health care and cut costs raised them instead. Second, chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and heart disease, have increased. They are responsible for 85 percent of health care costs. Almost half of all Americans have at least one of them. They are expensive and difficult to treat. As a result, the sickest 5 percent of the population consume 50 percent of total health care costs. The healthiest 50 percent only consume 3 percent of the nation’s health care costs.
Most of these patients are Medicare patients. The U.S. medical profession does a heroic job of saving lives. But it comes at a cost. Medicare spending for patients in the last year of life is six times greater than the average. Care for these patients costs one-fourth of the Medicare budget.
In their last six months of life, these patients go to the doctor’s office 29 times on average. In their last month of life, half go to the emergency room. One-third wind up in the intensive care unit. One fifth undergo surgery.
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