Gary Shapiro

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Some countries, what they do is you own your own healthcare records, so you get a paper or in some cases a software or a chip, and you walk around and you provide it, and you own it. That's not such a bad system, you control your privacy then in a sense, but the truth is to give up a little bit of privacy in return for great healthcare is something that some people should be able to choose.

Our association is based on one principle and that is that innovation is the most important thing that can solve the problems of our society and our economy. Innovation that goes beyond traditional consumer electronics to healthcare. Our traits are the international CS is going deeply into healthcare, our members are starting to becoming involved in healthcare.

We are having 15-year-old women giving birth weighing 2 inches and 40 lbs now is a norm in cities in America and that's not the way we should be judging ourselves. We should be judging ourselves not by our lifestyles which we certainly have to change and encourage but by our healthcare provider and yes the wealthiest people around the world do go to the US, not only because they get the best healthcare, but can get it immediately.

In other countries now, there's certainly waits for healthcare and there is a lack of innovation that we're seeing in the US and frankly, it's riskier here where we see innovation. When we get our driver's licence, why aren't you asked what your end-of-life intentions are? Most people have nothing in writing for end-of-life intentions, so what happens is that by the time they're almost, they can't make a decision, their family has to make the decision and 99% of the time the family makes the decision to keep them alive at any costs, cause there's no cost to the family and boy the guilt is intense.

The healthcare system in the US I believe is the best in the world. We're really good at coming up with innovative solutions, at detecting cancer, and when the rest of the world is really sick, the wealthy they come to the United States. What we need to do better is respect the fact that innovation is what drives us, we have to be able to take risks, we have to cut back on the lawyers zeal for suing any time something goes wrong or delay, we have a system were the patent law in unclear and we have patent [xx] discouraging innovation, we have we go to a loser pay system, like other countries have which basically penalizes lawsuits that shouldn't be ever brought.

We have to do something about malpractice for health care providers so they can't take risks. We have to wait the benefits of potential cures versus the fact that if you're doing something the same way always, you're not going to develop and innovate. My concern is the best, smartest people will no longer go into health care, they'll continue to go into law, the finance, or some of these other things, frankly, they don't produce too many Nobel Prize winners and they don't do much to advance mankind.

So I think our goal as a nation should be to get the stem graduates, get into stay here from around the world, put them to things which will do great discoveries in technology, in science, mathematics, health care and [xx] what it is to keep them in there.