I know it’s been a while since my last post, so I thought I’d do some catching up with what is out there in the net related to health care in the US, and why medical tourism, if it can live up to the hype its supporters (myself included) and those whose business it is to promote it, claim medical tourism offers in the way of better care at lower cost.
Earlier this week, I received an email from one of my LinkedIn groups about a report from the Commonwealth Fund on how the US health care system compares to other countries in the industrialized world.
The report was originally posted in an article on the website, One Health Care Worldwide, published by Varsha Lafargue. The article, “How the U.S. Health Care System Compares Internationally”, lays out just how bad the American “system” (a la Walter Chronkite’s quote) is when compared to European and Australian health care.
As seen below, The US is dead last in overall ranking, cost-related problem, efficiency, equity, and healthy lives, and health expenditures, per capita in 2011 was $8,508, the highest among all 11 countries in the report.
So the next time anyone defends the American health care system, or who embraces “American Exceptionalism” as an example of how better the American health care system is to that in other countries, show them this report from the Commonwealth Fund, or the chart above.
And if they happen to be in the workers’ compensation industry, challenge them on the notion that injured workers are getting the best care money can buy , when as I learned recently from one such individual who was maimed, battered and is being victimized by a workers’ comp system they so strongly defend.
They defend the status quo while at the same time, criticizing new ideas that will allow injured workers to get better care at lower cost without being subjected to the greed and abuse of bad doctors, lawyers, insurance companies, and laws so old and decrepit, that the only way to fix these and many other problems is to write new laws that are up-to-date with the times and that allow for innovation in how workers’ comp benefits are provided and by whom and where they are provided, even if that care is out of state or out of the country.
Until health care is rightly seen as a right for all citizens, and in all circumstances, both injured workers and the general population will not be treated with the respect they deserve, and will continue to be subjected to the greed, abuse, and carelessness of a money-making machine called the US health care system.