Americans Pay the Most for Healthcare and Get the Worst Service

Thanks, healthcare and insurance lobbies.  We’re dead last in the industrialized world for quality of health care.

Americans spend twice as much as residents of other developed countries on healthcare, but get lower quality, less efficiency and have the least equitable system, according to a report released on Wednesday.  The United States ranked last when compared to six other countries — Britain, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand, the Commonwealth Fund report found.

“As an American it just bothers me that with all of our know-how, all of our wealth, that we are not assuring that people who need healthcare can get it,” Commonwealth Fund president Karen Davis told reporters in a telephone briefing.  Previous reports by the nonprofit fund, which conducts research into healthcare performance and promotes changes in the U.S. system, have been heavily used by policymakers and politicians pressing for healthcare reform.

America is #1 yet again!  In greed driven poor service and high costs.  Ain’t it great!  we don’t need decent health care at a reasonable price.  Let’s all just pay our premiums and shut up and die – just as long as the CEO of Big Health Care can ride in a new jet every year.

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3 thoughts on “Americans Pay the Most for Healthcare and Get the Worst Service

  1. swallison50 8 Aug 2012 at 10:22 pm

    I’m anxious to talk with my brother when he gets back from his Switzerland business trip. He came down with a problem while there and they treated him. What is so ironic to me is how enthusiastically my fellow church members and work acquaintances embraced going overseas to invade a country that was not really a threat to us. Cost was no object and torture was embraced. But when a few years later healthcare reform came about, then oh my, how awful it is and we cannot afford it. And how enthusiastically they latch on to every lie and exaggeration.

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  2. Paul D. 8 Aug 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Something is seriously messed up. Here in Japan, you can walk into a private hospital without insurance and get X-rays and a doctor’s examination for maybe $80. What would it cost in the US, $10,000 or so?

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    • Jim 9 Aug 2012 at 5:52 am

      because our system is controlled by politicians in the pocket of greedy health care and insurance lobbyists.

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