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 cant we???????