I've been doing some reading up on the whole health costs thing for a long time now.
Reasons for high healthcare costs: It takes an average of 800 million (thats not a typo) dollars for a drug company to get anything approved by the FDA making drugs super expensive and ensuring that drugs helping only a small amount of people never get to market cuz they wouldnt sell enough to offset the 800 million.
Trial Lawyers and whatnot do cause a significant amount. Doctors have to think of themselves too and pay outrageous amounts on malpractice insurance even if they are good doctors. However, its not as big as everyone makes it out to be.
Recent advances in imaging technologies (CAT scan, MRI etc.) have increased the cost of having cancer and diseases. While they do help save lives, each scan is very expensive for the insurance companies. My mom has cancer and she gets 1-2 MRIs a month. Back in the day treating cancer and other stuff was less successful but cheaper.
Thats the low down. I think since the FDA and trial lawyers are the only thing that can be controlled we should fix them.
EDIT: I forgot to mention that Canada is far from the medical utopia people make it out to be. There are waiting lists to see specialists that are more than 10 weeks long. Many people have to wait so long for hip replacement surgery that they become too week to even get the surgery.
I only have a source for the Canada stuff, just trust me about everything else i do a lot of reading. http://www.townhall.com/columnists/w...20040721.shtml