Department of Health and Human Services

Stop the waste in healthcare dollars

Twenty-eight (1972-2000) years practicing medicine in the US and eight (2000-2008) in Europe have taught me that we have a much better system than Europe both in terms of quality and proportional waste. Yet, our waste in healthcare is ruining this country. The root of the problem is that healthcare is “free”: once we pay our taxes, Medicare is going to take care of us. This year I will become Medicare eligible. And, although... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Health care costs too much: address the underlying cause

There has been so much debate about "health care reform", by which is meant requiring everyone to buy health insurance, but no one appears to be looking deeper to find out WHY health care costs so much in the first place. Instead of trying to force every American (and/or the government on their behalf) to buy policies that enrich the insurance companies to enrich the doctors without ever questioning the outrageous amounts... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Military Health Care Contribution

Currently, active duty members receive 100% free health care and only pay a small amount for dependent/family coverage. I propose that all military members (USA/USN/USMC/USAF/USCG) contribute between $960 to $2400 per year towards their own health care coverage, scaled so that junior members pay the least ($80 per month) and senior members pay the most ($200 per month). With nearly 1.2 million active duty members,... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

VA Hire Iraq/Afghan Veterans in Student Volunteer Program

A new initiative to create student volunteer opportunities for returning Veterans from Iraq and Afganistan would help save the Dept of Veterans Affairs money in added payroll. Veterans who are enrolled as students in health care fields may volunteer at the VA under supervision to conduct taks within their level of competency while learning the skills needed to one day acquire full time work in their respective field.... more »

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Department of Defense

Stop Selling Cigarettes and Tobacco

Cigarettes and other Tobacco products have no known health benefits. Their use by military members has no benefit and works against many other savings-related priorities such as healthcare for active and retired personnel. The DOD should prohibit the sale of tobacco products on all of its installations, especially outside of combat zones. It will take a long time to eradicate tobacco use from the military, but it is... more »

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Department of Justice

Eliminate Elective Surgeries for Inmates

I have worked in the prison system for over 10 years and I have to question why we spend hundreds of thousands of dollars performing elective surgeries on inmates that have lived with their conditions for years. We could eliminate millions of dollars and cut significant government spending by screening inmates on their initial incarceration and documenting their existing medical conditions. Why is the government responsible... more »

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Department of State

Bill foreign countries for expenses incurred by their citizens

The U.S. gives aid to almost every country in the world in one way or another. If a foreign citizen uses U.S. services without paying -- hospitalization and medical care at the top of the list -- hospitals etc. should send the bill to the State Dept which would bill the appropriate country. If the bill is not paid within 30 days it is withheld from their foreign / military aid and the State Dept should repay the hospital/institution... more »

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General Services Administration

Health Care Reform

This addresses an American physician shortage, high unemployment of well educated citizens, the need for cost effective medical care for Americans and the inability of many to pay for graduate tuition costs. Each medical school and college that receives any financial aid, should be required to make a certain allotment of classroom seats available to citizens admitted as civilian-government medical students. Those students... more »

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Department of Defense

Make all Federal Government facilities non-tobacco campuses

Restaurants, bars, hospitals, school campuses, state offices, other business have gone NO SMOKING. Smoking causes: dependency, cancer, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, bad breath, yellow fingers, wrinkles, is a major risk factor for heart problems/ stroke. More deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined.... more »

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Legislative Branch

Eliminate lifetime Congressional pensions and health care

Being a member of Congress is NOT something that should be considered a 'career' from which one 'retires'. Therefore, there should be NO government pension or lifetime health care for any former member of Congress (and no time in service exception that might encourage longevity in office). These people already get to keep any money left over in their campaign funds when they leave Congress. In many cases, that's millions... more »

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Department of Defense

High Effiency Hand Dryers

High Efficiency hand dryers should be required by all federal agencies in order to save significant amounts of money on janitorial services contracts as well as maintain compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. The use of automatic hand dryers can significantly reduce the amount of paper towels used in public restrooms, which can lead to significant reductions in operating cost, waste, and the overall impact... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

SAVE MED-S (MAKE EXPENSIVE DECISION-SMART)

GIVE PT AWARDS LIKE OTC CHEAP MEDS(DOUBLE AMOUNT (SAVING THEM A TRIP OR MAIL) OR COURTESY 1ST SLOT APPT. FOR THOSE THAT WILL BE HONEST AND LET YOU KNOW THAT THEY ARE NOT TAKING PRESCRIBED EXPENSIVE MEDS) INVEST ON EXERCISE ROOMS AND TRAINERS FOR EMPLOYEES AND PTS WITH HEALTHY FOOD INSTEAD OF ON EXPENSIVE MEDS TO MOTIVATE THE NON COMPLIANT PTS AND AWARD THEM WITH TRIBAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.FOR DM-CVD MEDS THRU THE USE... more »

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Department of Energy

Reduce Federal Health Care Costs by Not Serving Unhealthy Food

USG contributions to employee health insurance costs are massive and could be reduced by having a healthier workforce. A healthier workforce would mean lower premiums and USG contributions. One available means by which the federal government could easily promote health it its workforce and thereby reduce health expenditures--without changing health benefits--is to only sell healthy food at federal buildings (cafeterias,... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

1) Eliminate the need for prescription medicines to treat common

Significant numbers of visits to Doctors’ offices are triggered by the need to obtain prescriptions for routinely needed medicines for common or chronic conditions, which administration are available as a common or self knowledge. Such legislation will eliminate making unnecessary visits to Doctors (and thus reduce cost of health care), encourage personal responsibilities and availability of self-care, and focus Doctors... more »

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