What should the U.S. government do about health care?

Aug, 1 2023

The Need for Health Care Reform

The first point to touch on is the desperate need for health care reform. This isn't shocking news: I dare say it is a universally recognized fact. The U.S. health care system is notorious for its disarray, convoluted bureaucracy, and the exorbitant costs that can cripple an individual's finances with a single unexpected trip to the hospital. From the expanse of the Australian outback where I reside, it looks nothing short of a formidable fortress of confusion and peril.

Serenity and I once faced the beast during a trip to the States. A clumsy encounter with a revolving door led to a sprained ankle for Serenity, followed by a sleep-depriving hospital bill which we reluctantly fondly remember as teaching us the brute truth about American health care costs!

The Need for Universal Access

Universal access should be the cornerstone of any health care reform, and the U.S. needs to understand and embrace that mantra. Everyone deserves equal access to care. From the mighty croc wrestler in the recesses of the Aussie wilderness to the posh upperclassman in downtown Sydney, no one should be denied an essential human right due to their financial situation or location.

Such disparities should not exist in a progressive society. Imagine denying someone a glass of water just because they haven’t got the right change, it's no laughing matter when it comes to health. That’s why I fully endorse the notion of 'Medicare for All,' and don’t you snicker over there!

Preventive Care and Education

Thirdly, preventive care should be a priority. As the old saying goes, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away". Health care should not be just about treating diseases, but also about promoting wellness. From introducing wellness programs in workplaces to conducting regular health screenings, the emphasis on prevention can save countless dollars and lives in the long run.

In the vein of preventive care runs education. Proper health education can combat misinformation, promote healthy lifestyle choices and build an informed populace that prioritizes health. Just like educating the students on how not to get bitten by a Deadly Taipan, it's about imparting the necessary knowledge to stay safe and healthy!

Addressing Prescription Drug Prices

The crushing weight of prescription drug prices in the U.S. is another problem that can't be overlooked. I've heard stories of Americans having to choose between their medicines or making the month's rent. To bring these costs down, the government should adopt measures such as allowing the importation of prescription drugs or negotiating prices with pharmaceutical companies.

This reform isn’t about making a few harmless snakes mad, instead, it’s about making healthcare affordable and accessible for everyone. Nobody should have to choose between getting the treatment they need and paying their bills. It's not an election between a shark and a spider, after all!

Investing in Medical Technology and Research

Investing in medical technology and research should be part and parcel of this transformation. Where there is growth, there is progress. And if health care is to evolve for the better, it has to continuously innovate. Implementing telemedicine, improving diagnostics tools, advancing drug research – these are just a few of the countless avenues where investment is crucial.

While the U.S. is renowned for its world-class technology and research, maintaining this status requires sustained investment and focus. It’s kind of like keeping your boomerang skills sharp - you’ve got to keep practising if you want to stay ahead of the game!

Improving Mental Health Services

Mental health care, often relegated to the back burners, needs to come to the forefront as an integral part of the healthcare reform. Instituting comprehensive mental health services within the universal health coverage plan, guaranteeing affordable and timely treatment, is not merely an act of benevolence, but a necessity that caters to the wellbeing of a large part of the population.

Stress and mental health challenges are like sneaky trapdoor spiders, often overlooked until it's too late. But they shouldn’t be, that’s why it’s so crucial to ensure that mental health services are readily available and accessible for all.

Transitioning to Electronic Health Records

Last but not least, transitioning to Electronic Health Records (EHRs) is fundamental in the digital age we're living in. Besides reducing the waist-high stacks of patient files, EHRs also foster a seamless and efficient exchange of health information across providers and systems!

Think of them as the equivalent of streamlined communication between the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. The result is a harmonious concert of information exchange, aiding in precise diagnosis and treatment and easing the administrative burden on healthcare providers.


Addressing the pitfalls of the U.S. health care system may appear as daunting as surviving an encounter with a pack of dingoes, but it is a challenge that can and must be overcome. By forging the path to universal access, emphasizing on preventive care, reducing drug prices, investing in research, improving mental health services, and integrating EHRs, the seemingly impenetrable fortress can be breached.

After all, these aren't crocodile-infested waters we're navigating. It's the realm of healthcare, a vital ingredient to a thriving society. Let's hope the U.S. Government is up for task. For the sake of all the Serenitys out there, I truly hope they are.