Organic health care changes

In an editorial, the Tulsa World calls upon lawmakers to fix the increasing price of insulin (Lawmakers need to address skyrocketing insulin prices,” July 25).

Obviously, the rising cost of nearly every medication and medical service is out of control. I posit, however, that you cannot legislate, regulate or mandate efficiency into the health care industry. It must occur organically.

Two of the biggest drivers of cost for U.S. health care are the third-party payment system and the arcane rules and regulations surrounding payment.

Every new regulation leads to many unintended consequences. The biggest entities will simply find loopholes around what is perceived as a small obstacle.

If we placed our health care dollars into health savings accounts, then paid for medications and services out of the HSA, the patient would once again become the customer. This would allow market forces to come into play. Our current system is layered with bureaucracy, which buffers the market forces and is itself costly.

We spent $3.65 trillion as a country in 2018 on health care. This translates to approximately $11,000 per person per year. Over a lifetime, that is $900,000.

Most of us could easily pay for a lifetime of health care with that much money. For truly catastrophic injury/illness, there is a mechanism to pay now and then resupply one’s HSA over time.

The largest insurers, the pharmaceutical benefits managers and the pharmaceutical industry have such a stranglehold at present that changing our system will be a difficult if not impossible task.

Daran L. Parham, M.D., Tulsa

Trained to kill

Ever wonder why these young men grab a gun and go to a crowded area and proceed to kill as many people as they can, even though they don’t know them or have any particular disagreement with them?

It’s because they are trained to do it.

They spend a good part of their lives playing gory video games that put no value on human beings.

They learn to shoot as many as they can in order to win.

And if that is not enough, the movie theater or the television has plenty of shootings they can enjoy.

Until we start putting more value on human life, the problem will continue to grow.

Bill Payne, Broken Arrow

Not liking TU changes

I would like to make some observations about the current University of Tulsa administrative plan to eliminate 84 degree programs over the next several years.

I, as so many former students, do not agree with this action.

I graduated from TU in 1961 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. It took me five years to graduate, and my last year was composed of humanities and some graduate studies.

As so many people in our profession, I have resided many years abroad in charming abodes where one longs for some civilized comforts.

Although perhaps not expressed properly, I do consider the humanities training at TU as helping me overcome adversity and find comfort in classical reading and other fruitful activities.

I would also caution the current TU administration in projecting the future.

Fifty years ago, I predicted we would all be speaking Chinese by now; reckon I missed by a few months.

I politely suggest the TU board solicit the generous and altruistic billionaire Robert F. Smith (no relation) to organize the generous folks of the Tulsa community to take over this task and restore a full humanities curriculum.

Robert S. Smith, Tulsa

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