Hobbs is a fictional city whose mayor has a very real problem: How will he implement his scheme to bring in good clean health care jobs when every other American city is trying to do the same? How far will he go to nab those fabled ‘medical tourists?’ And what will this medical arms race do to our insurance premiums and taxes?

At the crossroads of our big debate about job growth and our big debate about healthcare debt, the public radio show Marketplace brings this animated short inspired by Dr Suess and composed by senior health care reporter Gregory Warner. Learn how local politicians seeking job growth may encourage hospital over-expansion, driving up our insurance premiums and taxes and even creating a health care jobs bubble.

Oh The Jobs (Debt?) You’ll Create! from Marketplace on Vimeo.

Category: Humor, Video

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4 Responses to “Oh The Jobs (Debt?) You’ll Create!”

  1. lunartop says:

    There are so many things wrong with the NHS (UK) but whenever I look into or read about the US healthcare system I thank my lucky stars.

  2. endorendil says:

    Yes, the folly of local government stealing jobs and industries from other local governments by offering tax breaks, free infrastructure, etc. … . Very good, it’s obviously a problem for the nation as a whole. No discussion.

    But if the suggestion is that the US is overbuilding its medical infrastructure, and that that is what drives healthcare inflation, I disagree completely. The US spends more than other nations, true. Ok, it spends a huge amount more. But it should be getting all these fabulous technologies the mayor is getting – like the eternal youth – inator – and it clearly isn’t, or at least these fabulous technological advances aren’t actually helping the nation get better health outcomes. You would expect the US to have to spend significantly more than Europe or Japan, partly because of the sheer expanse of the country, partly because of the large and deep pockets of poverty and partly because of a preposterously inefficient insurance system. But you would not expect the US to spend so much more, and yet so much less.

    So on the healthcare issue in particular, I think this very funny cartoon is unfortunately dead wrong.

  3. lunartop says:

    Are there not tens of millions of Americans without any *preventative* healthcare provision? And wouldn’t this contribute to the US’s relatively poor outcome scores. I suspect it’s free *preventative* healthcare available in most other developed nations that in the long run provides massive savings.

  4. Michael Olenick says:

    The main problem in the US seems to be that enormous overhead goes to healthcare administration, rather than health. Anybody in the US has seen their doctor sitting on a mountain of paperwork; they probably spend as much time doing paperwork for a patient as they do helping them. More doctors, especially primary care providers, should consider just charging patients out of pocket. Pay $30-50 visit but no insurance is accepted. The reduced cost of not taking insurance will more than make up for the “lost” revenue (in reality, the insurance companies don’t really pay them much more than that anyway).

    On medical tourism I was at a conference and encouraged the Native American’s to add medical tourism hospitals near their casino’s. They can do what no local government can: offer hospitals outside the US malpractice and regulatory system; they’re entirely sovereign. They already have the expertise housing and feeding people, building large infrastructures, pretty much everything but the medical part, and plenty of investors and fed-up doctors will get that together.

    I was with a senior group of tribal leaders and they were intrigued: I hope they move forward. I also hope that the warning this is a possibility makes municipalities thinking about overbuilding think twice: it’s impossible to compete with high-quality, low cost reservation-based hospitals people can drive to. Some reservations started this by accident, realizing they had the only medical clinic and allowing locals to just pay; the payments helped subsidize cost and everybody is happy.

    Local governments should focus on keeping the people in your backyard healthy instead.