Thoughts On Our Health Care System

Posted by Lee Sterling | Posted in Economics, Miscellaneous, Uncategorized | Posted on 26-03-2012

Lost in all the hyperbole of the health care debate, I think, is the fact that our health care system is not very good when compared to the health care systems of other industrialized nations. Just a quick search on the Internet shows that we rank poorly on costs AND on quality of care. Here are two charts from Wikipedia. One that show how our costs compare to the costs in other nations in the industrialized world and the second one shows that our infant mortality rate is higher than that of other industrialized nations, all of whom provide some kind of universal health care system to their citizens.

 

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And, if you really want to get perturbed, check out the analysis at the World Health Organization , which indicates that even China is doing a better job of health care than the U.S.

Whether you’re for or against RomneyCare or ObamaCare doesn’t matter. What does matter is that we need to find a way to improve our health care system and to contain costs as other countries have done while providing better care.

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