Monday, February 23, 2009

Public Service Announcement: U.S. Health Care system

Writing my Rep & Sens about the desireability of universal health coverage, I stumbled across a wonderful comparative study - prepared by the Congressional Research Service:
U.S. Health Care Spending:
Comparison with Other OECD Countries

CRS Report for Congress
September 17, 2007
Chris L. Peterson and Rachel Burton
Domestic Social Policy Division
(Order Code RL34175)
Based on OECD ("Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development") statistics, the report reveals that the U.S. spends more per capita ($6102) than any other of the 30 member countries; more on health care as percentage of GDP (15.3%) than any other of the 30 member countries...
YET: ranks near the bottom on several "outcome" measures, including life-expectancy (22nd of 30), and infant-mortality (28th of 30).

I'm having a hard time understanding the rationale for opposing cheaper, more effective health care models than what we have currently. (Well... except for vested $$$ interest of insurers, Big Pharma, and other Big Health players.)

Me? I continue to reference my favorite list of "strategic objectives":
We the people of the United States, in order to... promote the general welfare... do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States.
Again: the general welfare!

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