Who has the Best Health Care in the World??

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  1. MsWikia
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    “The U.S. does not have the best health care system in the world - it has the best emergency care system in the world. Advanced U.S. medical technology has not translated into better health statistics for its citizens; indeed, the U.S. ranks near the bottom in list after list of international comparisons. Part of the problem is that there is more profit in a pound of cure than an ounce of prevention. Another part of the problem is that America has the highest level of poverty and income inequality among all rich nations, and poverty affects one's health much more than the limited ministrations of a formal health care system.”


    Each system has its flaws, however if we look at our Health Care vs. other countries such as Canada, Australia, France, Cuba and/or the UK we fall short in just about every category:
    -We have a lower life expectancy age

    - We have the lowest amount of doctors and nurses per 1000 people

    -We have the lowest percent of health care cost paid by the government

    - We have the lowest paid maternity leave; I think we have 0 paid leave

    -We have the highest death rate

    - We have the highest infant mortality %

    - We have the most expensive health care; doctors incomes are the highest compared to other countries

    - We ranked last in access to health care, patient safety, timeliness of care, efficiency and equity<--Britain got the top score in overall rankings

    France = ranked #1 in the world in 2001 by the World Health Organization; cost about $3500 per capital vs. U.S. $6,100 per person.
    WHO Director-General Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland says: "The main message from this report is that the health and well-being of people around the world depend critically on the performance of the health systems that serve them. Yet there is wide variation in performance, even among countries with similar levels of income and health expenditure. It is essential for decision- makers to understand the underlying reasons so that system performance, and hence the health of populations, can be improved."

    Australia = publicly- funded universal healthcare system, ranked #9

    Cuba = treats health tourists: from Latin America, Europe, Canada and the U.S. for free, 2nd in the world in creating national networks in Blood Banks, Nephrology and Medical Images




    So if almost every other nation or rich nation can afford to provide universal healthcare to its people, and from the stats it appears its beneficial, why can’t we???????
     
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    But why does everyone in the world that can afford to do so, come to the US to receive the latest technology?
     
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    Technology means nothing if you don't use it properly.

    However, thats the issue, we have all of this advanced technology but our people are in worse shape than others who have less technology?? Hence, our system is the problem.
     
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    Because we have the most advanced healthcare procedures in the world.

    We don't, however, have the best healthcare for our own population.
     
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    What would happen to American medical innovation if UHC is passed, oh wait we can look to Canda or France right? Or we could all wait months to see a specialist? Or we could have our freedoms restricted due to a state run healthcare? We could be taxed beyond belief for coverage for "all"?
     
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    Depends on what type. Some wouldn't effect it at all.

    Ah yes, the freedom to die because of lack of healthcare. Thats a freedom we really all need, eh?
     
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    I think you answered your own question.
     
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    Sure, I bet it's the system and has nothing to do with having a nation full of sedentary, video-game playing, soda-guzzling, over-eating, tv-watching lazy sacks of shit. :eusa_whistle:
     
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    LOL, don't get me wrong I agree that Americans have a lavish lifestyle. However, my point is not everyone has access to the same type of health care. Private industries are in control and their goal isn't a healthier America rather they are trying to get rich and keep their shareholders happy.

    There is no excuse for a rich nation like the U.S to rank this low in health care, especially considering the level of technology we have; which brings me to my last point, if our current health care process or system is not working (based on the stats), why are we so reluctant to change it and try something new? i.e. universal healthcare
     
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    I call into question the rank rankings. (pun intended. :D)
     

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