American Healthcare – best in the world?

You know how WordPress provides suggestions related to the ‘Tags’ used on your posts? One day, I clicked on one of those suggestions and found Kingjesters blog. Very rightwing political orientation and like many bloggers of that ilk, after a few comments by yours truly, the blogger banned me for being a ‘troll’. However I subscribed to his blog and get email updates, you know, just so I can track the various memes circulating on that other side of the spectrum.

Today’s entry was mostly a copy & paste of various news articles about “ObamaCare” heading for the SCOTUS after the Administration made the decision not to appeal a finding by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals that said the Affordable Health Care Act was un-Constitutional.

KingsJester concludes his ‘analysis’ of the situation with the following:

They’d better do it quickly….while America still has the finest health care system in the world.

There are some who would disagree with that statement

New England Journal of Medicine

Despite the claim by many in the U.S. health policy community that international comparison is not useful because of the uniqueness of the United States, the rankings have figured prominently in many arenas. It is hard to ignore that in 2006, the United States was number 1 in terms of health care spending per capita but ranked 39th for infant mortality, 43rd for adult female mortality, 42nd for adult male mortality, and 36th for life expectancy.3 These facts have fueled a question now being discussed in academic circles, as well as by government and the public: Why do we spend so much to get so little?

Commonwealth Fund Report 2007

Despite having the most costly health system in the world, the United States consistently underperforms on most dimensions of performance, relative to other countries. This report—an update to two earlier editions—includes data from surveys of patients, as well as information from primary care physicians about their medical practices and views of their countries’ health systems. Compared with five other nations—Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, the United Kingdom—the U.S. health care system ranks last or next-to-last on five dimensions of a high performance health system: quality, access, efficiency, equity, and healthy lives

My personal experiences with doctors with several nations has been positive on every occasion that I had to visit one due to a propensity for breaking parts of my body.

Update: Kingjester did post my comment, good for him.


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