(noon. – promoted by ek hornbeck)
Since the GOP is fond of saying that “the USA has the Best Health Care System in the World”, I decided to do a little Fact Checking. … And according to the World Health Organization:
Health Performance Rank By Country
United States of America:
Performance: On level of health : 72nd
Performance: Overall health system: 37th
Health expenditure per capita in international $’s
Country Rank: USA: 1st
We’re Number One! alright — BUT only in terms of HOW MUCH WE PAY PER PERSON, for our Health Care! (1st in the World, in terms of Cost)
That’s sounds like a contest, that we just don’t want to keep winning!
Let’s dispel the myths holding up health care reform
KansasCity.com — Jul 26, 2009
[Myth:] America has the best health care in the world. Why change?
Actually, the U.S. has the most expensive health care system on the planet, and outcomes here are inferior to those of nearly all other modern nations.
The death rate among newborns here is among the highest of industrialized nations. Americans are more likely to suffer from chronic diseases such as diabetes. A study that rated 19 relatively prosperous nations on their effectiveness in curbing deaths from preventable diseases put the United States at the very bottom.
Well at least some journalists are are attempting Fact Checking, to try to dispel all the misinformation from the RightWing.
Here’s another recent effort to Report “Just the Facts”:
FACTBOX: Europe’s major health systems and how they work
Matthew Goldstein – Reuters, Aug 19, 2009
Americans spend more per capita on healthcare than any other country at more than $7,400 per person, according to a recent report by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Yet studies suggest Americans overall get poorer care than people in other industrialized countries.
Private insurance pays 35 percent of this; […] and 12 percent is paid out-of-pocket by patients.
The U.S. Census Bureau says 46 million Americans, or 15 percent of the population, have no health insurance.
12% of $7,400 = $888 per person per year, in the USA — What a privilege to pay SO Much for SO Little!
15% of the population = about 1 in 7 Americans have NO Health Insurance, at all — I’m sure they’re just loving that BEST Health Care System we got, don’t you think? What are they complaining about — there’s always the E-R.
Yet, even so, the USA seems to be slipping in the more recent cost trends. The Marshall Islands just edged out the USA for 1st. … I guess that must be what the GOP is fighting for — to preserve our 1st placing standing, in this NOT so desirable contest:
|Total Health Expenditures as % of GDP||2002 –
|SOURCE: The World Health Organization|
|2||United States of America||13.2||13.9||14.7||15.1||15.2||15.2|
Funny how all those big, bad “Socialist” Countries ALL manage to pay a whole lot less of their GDP to stay Healthy, than does the good ole USA. … Year in and Year out. … Hmmmm? They must be doing something right?
Don’t we as a Country have better things to worry about, and to work on, than how we can afford to keep Private Insurance Company profitable, ad nauseum, into the forseeable future?
All the while, remaining near the bottom of the list, in Quality of Care received, for our whopping $888 a year — What a Deal!
The World Health Organization’s ranking of the world’s health systems.
3 San Marino
18 United Kingdom
26 Saudi Arabia
27 United Arab Emirates
36 Costa Rica
37 United States of America
The GOP wants to preserve this “Best” system in the World — best at wasting our hard earn money, in exchange for the least effective care.
Maybe the GOP Obstructionists, and their Blue Dog cohorts, need to check their Lobbyist buddies at the door, and start to look at the Fact that our broken Health Insurance System, is a anvil that is weighing this country down. We cannot reach our full productive potential, lugging around this weight that will only get heavier without some real competetion from an “Extended Medicare Plan” (aka the Public Option).
If we have a right to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness, well then isn’t having a right to quality, affordable Health Care a key ingredient to each one of those foundational goals?
HEALTHY LIFE EXPECTANCY
(pssst … the United States ranks 24th, in that contest too.)
All citizens should be able to Choose Health — without some Insurance Denial Specialist getting in the way. … Without the unchecked annual increases in Insurance premiums double or triple, the rate of inflation. Such increases are effectively a “Hidden Tax” or surcharge, bogging down the Economy, if I ever saw one!
As Bill Maher quipped so well on the Rachel Maddow show recently, The only ‘Death Panel’ associated with this Health Care Reform Bill, is the one called the Senate Finance Committee!
LOL, good one Bill!
Rachel Maddow & Bill Maher Talk About Delusional Republicans – 08/18/09