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Monday, June 11, 2012

With the Infographic as a backdrop, Live Science and many others sources report the US healthcare systems lags other industrialized nations.

Although its citizens pay more for health care, the United States ranks last on several measures of health system performance compared with six other industrialized nations, according to a new report. 
Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the United Kingdom all beat out the United States when it came to health care quality, efficiency, access, equity and the ability for citizens to lead long, healthy lives, says the report, from the Commonwealth Fund..
While there is room for improvement in every country, the United States stands out for not getting good value for its health care dollars, ranking last despite spending $7,290 per capita on health care in 2007 compared with the $3,837 spent per capita in the Netherlands, which ranked first overall. 
"It is disappointing, but not surprising that, despite our significant investment in health care, the U.S. continues to lag behind other countries," said Commonwealth Fund President and study author Karen Davis. 
However, some researchers have noted that U.S. citizens pay more for heath care partly because they get sick more often than people in other industrialized countries and partly because they get more thorough treatment for some diseases.
Dead last in health care? U.S., 15 other nations ranked
It's no secret that the U.S. health-care system has its shortcomings. But how do we stack up against other wealthy nations? For a study published recently in the journal Health Policy, researchers looked at data from 2006-2007 to determine how good the U.S. and 15 other countries are at preventing deaths from four common killers - heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and bacterial infections - and came up with a ranking that might surprise even the U.S. health-care system's biggest naysayers. Keep clicking for a look... Read More
Before the Obama Administration forayed into healthcare reform, it was a non-issue for the GOP.  Why is that the case?  If you look at contributions to our politicians from healthcare, insurance and pharma, you will see exactly why it is an area of aversion for members of Congress (both sides of the isle). the only difference in both sides of the Isles, despite accepting contributions from those industries the vast majority of Democrats voted in favor of the Affordable Care Act.

In 2009, posted the following links regarding contributions and who received the money.  The download link requires spreadsheet capability (Microsoft EXCEL) and it is in a PIVOT Table.

** Health insurance contributions.

** Drug industry contributions.

If you prefer not to download the linked data....

Many of the names posted on Consumenrwatchdog were posted prior to the Affordable Care Act. I will unable to locate 2011 prior to publishing this piece. awful lot of Republicans on that list. Of course,m on Democrat, Chris Dodd, retired form Congress. I doubt the 2011 list would show much different that the 2009 list.

As I again looked at the Infographic, I could not help but wonder, of the comparison countries, which has universal healthcare.  

CountryStart Date of Universal Health Care System Type
Click links for more source material on each country’s health care system.



Single Payer
New Zealand1938Two Tier
Japan1938Single Payer
Germany1941Insurance Mandate
Belgium1945Insurance Mandate
United Kingdom1948Single Payer
Kuwait1950Single Payer
Sweden1955Single Payer
Bahrain1957Single Payer
Brunei1958Single Payer
Canada1966Single Payer
Austria1967Insurance Mandate
United Arab Emirates1971Single Payer
Finland1972Single Payer
Slovenia1972Single Payer
Luxembourg1973Insurance Mandate
Australia1975Two Tier
Italy1978Single Payer
Portugal1979Single Payer
Cyprus1980Single Payer
Greece1983Insurance Mandate
Spain1986Single Payer
South Korea1988Insurance Mandate
Iceland1990Single Payer
Hong Kong1993Two-Tier
Switzerland1994Insurance Mandate
United States2014Insurance Mandate

As I posted Infographic to Facebook, I received a response that taxes in the nations listed in the infographic are higher than in the US, so it is give and take. The response is the typical response one gives when one only considers, impact to self as a very young person.  The answer also fails to appreciate the millions live everyday without even basic dental coverage.  I really wonder if it is "give and take".  When one factors-in denials of coverage, coverage denied after the child passes into their early 20's, the horrid number of non-insured and the fact older people need care far more than the naively idealistic young, I have to  say Facebook response is classic and fertile ground for GOPism.

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