Electronic Medical Records
While I am in favor of the implementation of Electronic Medical Records (EMRs), I do not believe that the government should financially support the computerization of health records. Doing so would only increase the nation's trillion dollar debt. It costs billions to fund the technology needed to advance EMRs, and this money could be better spent elsewhere. For example, the government could invest in medical research for cures of deadly diseases like cancer while the healthcare industry advances their own facilities and technological modernization. Not only is the computerization of health records costly, but the process takes several years. Technology is constantly changing and improving, and healthcare facilities must continuously purchase new machinery to remain up to date and competitive. It is illogical for the government to take on the never-ending responsibility to fund technology for hospitals and clinics. Overall, the government should not be involved in funding the application of EMRs.