National Institute of Health: US Health Care Stinks Compared to Other Civilized Countries
Withering analysis of the sad state of the bloated, profit-driven US health care system.
First Obamacare, then single payer will go far to fixing 100% of the problems.
google: US Health in International Perspective to get a free online readable copy.
U.S. citizens suffer from poorer health than nearly all other industrialised countries, according to the first comprehensive government analysis on the subject, released Wednesday.
Of 17 high-income countries looked at by a committee of experts sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, the United States is at or near the bottom in at least nine indicators.
These include infant mortality, heart and lung disease, sexually transmitted infections, and adolescent pregnancies, as well as more systemic issues such as injuries, homicides, and rates of disability.
Together, such issues place U.S. males at the very bottom of the list, among those countries, for life expectancy; on average, a U.S. male can be expected to live almost four fewer years than those in the top-ranked country, Switzerland. U.S. females fare little better, ranked 16th out of the 17 high-income countries under review
Oh, I forgot the GOP talking point on this: "The US has the best healthcare system in the world, we shouldn't change anything other than ending Medicare."
It will be interesting to see how Obamacare is going to address societal shortcomings that lead to "infant mortality, heart and lung disease, sexually transmitted infections, and adolescent pregnancies".
I also don't see anything in the report about whether paying for their healthcare systems is contributing to the financial collapse of many of these countries and the EU.