To the editor:
Having national health insurance for all U.S. citizens has become very important to millions of Americans.It's true that many more are probably comfortable with what they now have and are threatened by possible change. President Bush stands at the head of the unconcerned group and prefers to be inert.
This is reprehensible in the face of a prevailing system that is chaotic, chained to rising expenditures and ruining millions of families financially. Costs have increased over 15 percent yearly and this year will be over 20 percent with 24 percent projected for 1992.
According to a study done by Cambridge (Mass.) Hospital, the U.S. could save up to $136 billion dollars yearly by immediately stopping the present system of insurance and going to a single government agency that would be responsible for paying medical bills.
The savings would come from reduction of administrative costs that the study describes as "paper pushing costs." This does not cover additional costs saved by reduction of administrative personnel.
The study provides a state-by-state breakdown showing that Utah will spend about $3.8 billion for health care in 1991 and could have saved between $580 million and $693 million if the "paper pushing" had been eliminated.
The study further shows that the U.S. dollar only gives us 85 cents in actual medical care. In Canada, 99 cents goes to care and only one cent to paper pushing.
Eugene J. Faux, M.D.