Envision this, a health care system without any costs. In lieu of the usual private offices scattered across the city, they can go to one community health centers or medical supermarket that can handle all their health woes as all the physicians work in that same area. Like the nurses, salaries of physicians will be shouldered by the government. And since they represent only a small part of the community, they have only a minority voice in running hospitals. It will be just the consumers and health workers who have a final say when it comes to health matters.

The health policy advisory center, which mainly consists of a few activists that envision reforms in the current medical care system, states that this is the finest medical world possible. They are also known as the brain movers as well as change ministry of the health movement. Whether or not the titles fit the bill, these radicals? dissident voices are progressively more heard.

Talking about free health care and hospitals to be controlled by consumers might seem too idealistic. Money is not the answer to this concern but the overall restructuring of the present health care system is. In a fourth floor loft in one of downtown Manhattan's buildings is where the cramped headquarters of the center is found and here is where the dedicated molecular biologist, anthropologist, social worker, labor relations expert and three city planners work hand in hand. When deciding on critical matters, all of them have equal say and it is good to note that they also make the same amount of income per week.

Their aim is to stimulate health workers and have them and other consumer groups to organize around medical issues. This autonomous, not profit alliance spearheads informative campaigns on health financing and patients' rights through comprehensive talks and workshops. But a magazine with 12 to 16 pages is still the group's main outlet as it directly targets yet another group every month.

A lot more of health activists are sprouting but their stand on the health crisis is that it is due to an erratic health delivery nonsystem. And the system is the major source of the problem its priorities are not health care but profit, research, and institutional expansion. The center for policy advisory states that there are three facets to this medical care system, also known as the American health empire.

On top of the list are the med schools, health centers and the hospitals. It is sad that instead of providing solutions to the people's problems, they are organized only to suit the doctors' wants. Teaching and getting researches done are on the top of the list while health care only follows after. But we strongly believe that there is a need to reverse it.

The second, more challenging part of the health care system is the financial planning. A main facet in this area are the health insurance providers that pay half of hospital income. There is a conspiracy between insurance firms and hospitals, contrary to the popular belief that insurance firms ride herd n hospital spending and building. For instance, a lot of the regional directors also double as hospital administrators. And so the group says, it is no surprise that hospital costs have skyrocketed because this hospital dominated company has failed to back meaningful cost and quality controls.

On the third spot of the health system's list is strengthening the complex for the medical trade. This complex being referred to is actually the conspiracy between providers like physicians, medical schools, hospitals and clinics that all earn from health problems, drug companies, hospital supplies firms, insurance groups, nursing care homes as well as laboratories. It is so easy to see the connection between profit oriented groups and the providers who are both just after profit. High ranking officials in drug firms are usually hospital board members as well. Trust that many hospitals and hospital supply companies are owned partly by many doctors. Moonlighting as consultants in hospital supply groups is what many hospital and medical school professions are getting into now.

If indeed it is true what the system is boasting about ? that they are well organized and interconnected, then why are they still so poor? Shedding light in this issue is the center, who states that health care is not the prime goal of the current medical system, but instead it is there serving its own ends such as education and research, real property expansion deals, financial holdings, and the bottom line, which is profits. To achieve such ends, health care is said to be the means. But then that is certainly, in itself, not the only end.

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