It's the year 2020. Health Care in the US has dramatically changed. Here are 10 of the most profound changes.
10. Purchasing health insurance will not only be required by law, but will also be required on any anticipated children you may have. For example, if you were recently married and expected to have three children, you would have to pay an additional $243 per month ($81 per child).
The money collected in advance of any future births would be used to pay for health care benefits of future generations. If you had less than three children, then a one-time rebate of $29 per child would be paid back to you. The proceeds would be spread out over 15 years.
9. In 2020, since the number of licensed physicians will have reduced by 45%, Medical School graduation requirements will be relaxed. The standard 2-3 year curriculum will be reduced to 10 months with an optional "online" degree available after 12 months. Once you have completed medical school, the exam to receive your license to practice will consist of an open-book 100 multiple choice test. A 26% score will be required to pass.
8. Because of the shortage of doctors and medical facilities, common colds and minor cuts will be treated by volunteer Kindergarten classes in your area. There will be no charge unless complications arise. If that occurs, a $500 fee will be assessed and a local junior high school will offer free counseling.
7. To save Medicare, there will not be any covered treatment on Tuesdays or Thursdays. On those days, you're "on your own." Should a serious illness need treatment, a series of free videos will be available on Pay-TV including "Operating On Yourself Without Anesthesia" and "A Veterinarian Can Remove Your Appendix For Just $50." Naturally, there will be no athletic events or reality TV shows on those days. But you will still be able to purchase medical plans in Ohio online.
6. New York City will be the diet capital of the world. Since diet large cups, potato chips, ice cream and sweet tarts have been outlawed, folks often visit the city for a week just to lose a few pounds. The tourist trade will be booming, hotels will be full and McDonalds and Burger King will be replaced by McTofu and Turkey Sandwich King.
5. The tax for NOT having health insurance will have increased from $95 per year to $17,500 per year. Since 27% of the population can not afford either health insurance or to pay the tax, special communes will be set up to house them. Based in Idaho, you simply "work off" your debt by providing community service. It usually takes about 14 years to be in compliance.
4. Health spas will become obsolete. Instead, they will be replaced by Quidditch. Players will be able to soar on brooms, and play matches against local cities. There won't be much exercise, unless of course, you fall off your broom!
3. Electronic calorie counters will be implanted in every adult's arm before they reach age 21. Insurers will use these to help keep their policyholders in tip-top condition.For example, if you are a male, approximately six feet tall, if your daily caloric intake exceeds 2400, a small electric shock will be given to you. If it happens twice in the same week, you will be shocked each and every time you attempt to eat chocolate, candy, wings, or potato chips.
2. Family pets will be able to be added to your health insurance policy. And they'll enjoy all of the benefits, including yearly physicals, mental health coverage, free eye and dental exams and colorectal cancer screening. However, when your feline or pooch turns 26 (in dog or cat years), they will have to purchase their own coverage.
1. Because so many Canadians will be flocking to the US to utilize our superior health care system, a special $500 tariff will be imposed on our friends from the North. And, in an effort to slow down visitors, any Canadian that needs a transplant or treatment for cancer or heart disease, will be put on a 7-year waiting list, so they feel more at home.