Sensible steps to reduce healthcare costs

All American citizens should have access to quality and affordable healthcare. However, a fiscally viable and responsible healthcare system requires many measures.

According to an Associated Press article posted on yahoo.com on Sept 6, 2012 entitled "Report: US health care system wastes $750B a year", "The U.S. health care system squanders $750 billion a year - roughly 30 cents of every medical dollar - through unneeded care, byzantine paperwork, fraud and other waste, the influential Institute of Medicine said ..."

While serving as the comptroller general of the U.S., David Walker warned Americans to learn from the fall of Rome. In a Financial Times article of August 14, 2007, Walker warned that the U.S. government is on a "burning platform" of unsustainable policies and practices including chronic healthcare underfunding.

Our federal government should negotiate with pharmaceutical companies in order to lower the costs of their products. In addition, we should have a national campaign to encourage Americans to have a healthy lifestyle instead of relying on medication. We all should be protective of our environment because pollution is harmful to our health.

Furthermore, teen pregnancy, which totals approx. 750,000 a year nationwide, should also be curbed because its impact is fiscal, social and environmental, and is against the well-being of teen mothers and children. Naturally, we must educate individuals of child-bearing age about the consequences of having the children they cannot afford.

Americans of diverse backgrounds should all realize that adding 3 million people each year to the U.S. means more patients and polluters, thus putting additional pressure on our healthcare system and adversely impacts our health. Therefore, U.S. population stabilization does benefits all American citizens.