Tuesday :: May 15, 2007

Getting Beat By France and Germany On Health Care

by Steve

Republicans tell us that the health care system needs only minor tweaking. Their remedies are HSA tax shelters for the wealthy, and tax credits for those who already can't afford coverage. And they say that better technology and empowering consumers to make better choices are the panacea. But they also tell us that any move towards universal health care is a move towards socialized medicine, and must be avoided at all costs.

What they aren’t telling you is that they like the current dysfunctional system because to them, health insurance coverage is an earned privilege, not a societal necessity. They also aren't troubled by the fact that a lot of money is being wasted on a second-rate health care system that funnels money to GOP campaign contributors like HMOs and drug companies.

Americans get the poorest health care and yet pay the most compared to five other rich countries, according to a report released on Tuesday.
Germany, Britain, Australia and Canada all provide better care for less money, the Commonwealth Fund report found.
“The U.S. health care system ranks last compared with five other nations on measures of quality, access, efficiency, equity, and outcomes,” the non-profit group which studies health care issues said in a statement.
The group has consistently found that the United States, the only one of the six nations that does not provide universal health care, scores more poorly than the others on many measures of health care.

But the wingers will tell us that tax credits and better technology are all that is needed to improve the system, and that the government should stay out of health care, since we’ve messed it up already so much with that terribly inefficient Medicare system.

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