Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Remember How the Politicians All Say the U. S. Has the Best Health Care System in the World – And All Those Government Run Health Care System The Rest of the World Has Are Terrible?

Try to Remember Again

There is no question that the health care system in the United States use more resources than any nation on Earth.  As a percent of national income, the U. S. spends more than any other country, and whoever is in second place is not even challenging for first place.  Of course this must mean the U. S. has the best health care system in the world, right?  Wrong.

A sharp decline in deaths from malnutrition and diseases like measles and tuberculosis has caused a shift in global mortality patterns over the past 20 years, according to a new report, with far more of the world’s population now living into old age and dying from diseases more associated with rich countries, like cancer and heart disease.

Okay, that sounds good, so what’s the problem?  Oh, this.

American women registered the smallest gains in life expectancy of all high-income countries between 1990 and 2010. The two years of life they gained was less than in Cyprus, where women gained 2.3 years of life, and Canada, where women gained 2.4 years. The slow increase caused American women to fall to 36th place in the report’s global ranking of life expectancy, down from 22nd in 1990.

But the U. S. does have the most inefficient health care system in the high income group of countries.  And that is something everyone here can take pride in saying, and not be challenged by any other country.

And what do Conservatives want to do?  Well they want to take the two government programs that do work fairly well, Medicare and Medicaid and make them more like the programs that don’t work well.  No, of course this does not make any sense, as we said this is what Conservatives want to do.  

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