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U.S. health "mediocre" compared to other wealthy countries

By RYAN JASLOW / CBS NEWS/ July 10, 2013, 12:23 PM

A comprehensive study on the state of U.S. health has found high rates of chronic illness and disability have caused the country to lag behind other wealthy nations when.

However, overall health has improved among Americans since 1990, the report found. We may just have a ways to go to reverse negative trends and improve health care.

"The United States spends the most per capita on health care across all countries, lacks universal health coverage, and lags behind other high-income countries for life expectancy and many other health outcome measures," wrote the authors of the new report, published June 10 in JAMA.

"High costs with mediocre population health outcomes at the national level are compounded by marked disparities across communities, socioeconomic groups, and race and ethnicity groups," added the authors, led by Dr. Christopher J.L. Murray, a professor of Global Health at the University of Washington and Institute Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME).


When you are paying twice as much as everyone else and getting inferior quality, it is time to reexamine your strategy.

Peter
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Time for a fat tax.

No, not on the food. If I want a Twinkie or a donut, I should be allowed to have one with no penalty. Let the out of shape pay the price.

So I have a simple proposal: mandate body fat % checks 2x a year (using either calipers or a dunk tank). For every point you're above 22% for a man or 30% for a woman, you get a percentage point tacked on to your effective tax bracket rate - whatever that rate is - up to a maximum of 5%.

This tax is completely under your control. Don't want to pay it? Get off the couch. It's also completely progressive: rich fatties pay a lot more.
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When you are paying twice as much as everyone else and getting inferior quality, it is time to reexamine your strategy.

But our current system produces some very wealthy insurance executives. You won't see nearly as much of that in other countries.
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Mediocre is correct or an understatement.

I am a surgeon now retired and I can tell you stories. Much of rural America does not have quality healthcare available and even in areas where it is available, many can't afford it. Preventative care is often unavailable, prevented for remuneration by insurance companys or simply ignored by our culture.

We have a long way to improve.

Tom
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So the solution was to pass a law that makes it more expensive and covers less?

One thing Obamazare didn't address was the doctor shortage in parts of the Country and how adding a few million to the rolls without increasing the number of doctors will work. More patients and less doctors doesn't scream quality of service. And nobody wants to lower the standards of people going to medical school.

Although I do agree that it's very regional. Go to any large city or major suburb and you can find any specialist and more than enough doctors, with plenty of insurance options. Go to the more rural areas and you might have to drive an hour for some specialists and maybe there is only one insurance company in the area. Not alot of choices.

Although I always question those "wellness" stats and life expectancy stats. Would having more people have access to doctors have us live longer or is it more about the American life style of poor dieting, high stress, less vacations etc. The American diet is one of the unhealthiest out of high income countries. Other Countries have mandatory vacations, we don't.
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So the solution was to pass a law that makes it more expensive and covers less?

What a strange world you live in.
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cjb >Obamazare

LOL!

Obamacare didn't work for you guys, nor ObamaKare.

Not it's Obamazare.

The level of discourse is telling.

Peter
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What a strange world you live in.

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It's the real world...my premiums went dramatically up and I have less coverage than before. It's reality.
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It is not at all surprising. Employer provided health care is an amazingly stupid system. Also not surprising, is the employers who gripe the most about the cost of health insurance are generally the same as those who oppose single payer.

As I've said before, it is all part of the right-wing filth's program to make everyone other than the 1% and its minions as close to serfs as possible.

Wessex
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