Isn't 'responsiveness' what medicine is all about?
Last August the cover of Time pictured President Obama in white coat and stethoscope. The story opened: "The U.S. spends more to get less [health care] than just about every other industrialized country." This trope has dominated media coverage of health-care reform. Yet a majority of Americans opposes Congress's health-care bills. Why?
The comparative ranking system that most critics cite comes from the U.N.'s World Health Organization (WHO). The ranking most often quoted is Overall Performance, where the U.S. is rated No. 37. The Overall Performance Index, however, is adjusted to reflect how well WHO officials believe that a country could have done in relation to its resources.
The scale is heavily subjective: The WHO believes that we could have done better because we do not have universal coverage. What apparently does not matter is that our population has universal access because most physicians treat indigent patients without charge and accept Medicare and Medicaid payments, which do not even cover overhead expenses. The WHO does rank the U.S. No. 1 of 191 countries for "responsiveness to the needs and choices of the individual patient." Isn't responsiveness what health care is all about?
Data assembled by Dr. Ronald Wenger and published recently in the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons indicates that cardiac deaths in the U.S. have fallen by two-thirds over the past 50 years. Polio has been virtually eradicated. Childhood leukemia has a high cure rate. Eight of the top 10 medical advances in the past 20 years were developed or had roots in the U.S... full article here
So USA is ranked equal to Cuba? What's their Emergency Room policy for emergencies?
America has the best Health Care in the World, bar none and we want to change that? We can make it better, but to change to a system known for failure is insane.
There are fixes needed, most of them to be done at the State level. If you want to provide health care for everyone, State mandated HSA/IRA will produce low cost catastrophic insurance costs, replace SSI and Medicare thereby curing a fiscal nightmare coming Federally if they don't become Constitutional in conduct 100%.
Constitution & FairTax please~