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Super Clinics will improve the quality and availability of health care--and also reduce costs by 30%. How is this possib

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Message Farid Khavari

Everyone knows health care costs way too much. Guys like Gov. Rick Scott, who made over $300 million for himself in the health-care business, are poster boys for what is wrong with health care in America.

There is plenty of room for improvement in quality and availability--and plenty of room to chop the obscene costs. For example--we spend about $9,000 per person per year on health care in America--and still millions of people don't get any. We pay about $5,000 per year for each Medicaid patient--and that doesn't include people over 65.

Now consider this. Switzerland spends about $3,600 per person per year--including their senior citizens. No one can say we have better health care than Switzerland, and no one can say that Switzerland is a cheap country to live in.

The solution to improving quality and making health care available to everyone, while cutting costs by at least 30%, are Super Clinics. Super Clinics all over Florida will be open 7 days a week including evenings. You do not need to lose a day at work to go to the doctor. We will eliminate millions of emergency-room visits, saving billions per year right there. Every Super Clinic will be supported by online specialists. If you get an X-ray, a radiologist will look at it immediately, saving time and hundreds of dollars. If you get an EKG, a cardiologist will read it while you wait, saving time, anxiety and hundreds of dollars.

These are just a few examples, but you get the idea. Twenty-five years ago I wrote that health care is one industry where improving efficiency actually improves quality at the same time it reduces costs. Nowadays anyone can understand that.

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Farid A. Khavari, Ph.D., is a noted economist and independent candidate for Florida governor in 2014. He is the author of 10 books including Environomics: the Economics of Environmentally Safe Prosperity (1993) and Toward a Zero Cost Economy (more...)

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