According to Steve Hilton “it’s time for a revolution, to take on the corruption in the healthcare industry” and I agree.
Take the time to watch these three videos on the corruption in the healthcare industry, pharmaceutical and hospitals and how politics, politicians and government have an effect on it. It’ll make your stomach turn.
It’s time to get the lobbyists politicians and campaign contributions out of the healthcare industry and let the free market truly work.
Following the videos are sum stats and good articles.
“The real reason we’re in this mess on health care is because it costs too much.” Swamp Watch: Health care and pharmaceuticals
“Health care is not a fair market, it’s a rigged market” Swamp Watch: Hospitals
“Americans are being poorly served by health insurers” Swamp Watch: Health insurance companies
“World Health Organization Assesses the World’s Health Systems
The World Health Organization has carried out the first ever analysis of the world’s health systems. Using five performance indicators to measure health systems in 191 member states, it finds that France provides the best overall health care followed among major countries by Italy, Spain, Oman, Austria and Japan.
The findings are published today, 21 June, in The World Health Report 2000 – Health systems: Improving performance*.
*Copies of the Report can be ordered from firstname.lastname@example.org.
The U.S. health system spends a higher portion of its gross domestic product than any other country but ranks 37 out of 191 countries according to its performance, the report finds. The United Kingdom, which spends just six percent of GDP on health services, ranks 18 th . Several small countries – San Marino, Andorra, Malta and Singapore are rated close behind second- placed Italy.” More here.> World Health Organization Assesses the World’s Health Systems
“Neither Canada nor Japan cracked the top 10, and the United States finished a dismal 35th, according to a much anticipated ranking of healthcare quality in 195 countries, released Friday.
Among nations with more than a million souls, top honours for 2015 went to Switzerland, followed by Sweden and Norway, though the healthcare gold standard remains tiny Andorra, a postage stamp of a country nestled between Spain (No. 8) and France (No. 15).
Iceland (No. 2), Australia (No. 6), Finland (No. 7), the Netherlands (No. 9) and financial and banking centre Luxembourg rounded out the first 10 finishers, according to a comprehensive study published in the medical journal The Lancet.
Of the 20 countries heading up the list, all but Australia and Japan (No. 11) are in western Europe, where virtually every nation boasts some form of universal health coverage.
The United States—where a Republican Congress wants to peel back reforms that gave millions of people access to health insurance for the first time—ranked below Britain, which placed 30th.” More here.> Which countries have the best healthcare?
“A comparison of health systems in 11 wealthy nations has found the US falling short by multiple measures, while the UK’s National Health Service leads in several categories.
“We measured performance quality across five domains, and the USA fell short in all five,” says Eric Schneider of the Commonwealth Fund think tank in Washington DC. The domains were ease of access to healthcare, how equal access is to people of different incomes, administrative efficiency, how well the care process works for people who use it, and how good the health outcomes are.” More here.> US ranked worst healthcare system, while the NHS is the best
Excerpts from a excellent article, link to full article follows. An Interview With Medical Historian James Mohr
Q. Is government involvement in health care un-American?
“A. There is a long American tradition of public responsibility for health. In the 19th century, for instance, states devoted as much as 30 percent of their budgets to public mental health care. And when it became clear that vaccination actually worked against smallpox, state after state created labs to provide vaccines free of charge to citizens. So to say it’s un-American is profoundly wrongheaded.
Is the current system broken?
It can’t be sustained as it is right now if we care about the public’s overall health. We can’t afford it. The World Health Organization ranks the U.S. 38th in health-care quality, below Dominica and Costa Rica and above Slovenia and Cuba. Meanwhile, per capita we’re spending half again as much as our nearest competitor.
What’s the key problem?
Nowhere else are doctors paid the way they are here, or allowed to have such absolute autonomy. Decisions made in the 19th century created an occupation that almost guarantees a handsome income and high status, but offered few incentives to be rigorous about internal discipline: It’s still almost impossible to lose a medical license. As a result, medical mistake rates are stupefying: Hundreds of thousands of Americans die annually from medical errors.”
How do we fix it?
“Doctors have a vested interest in you getting sick. They are paid to get you better—and generally the more that costs the more they make. We need to change that incentive. If doctors were salaried—and we can afford handsome salaries—to maintain people’s health in the most effective, not most expensive, manner, we would have a far better structure. Around the country there are plenty of small practices and some big ones that do that and work very well indeed.
What’s the biggest worry?
No change. Making no progress. We won’t revolutionize the system overnight. Change will be incremental on myriad fronts. But we have to be world leaders instead of lagging. We have to find ways to combine what is positive and unique about our system while eliminating the historical anomalies that make it unsustainable.” More here.> What’s Wrong With American Healthcare?
World Health Statistics
WHO’s annual World Health Statistics reports present the most recent health statistics for the WHO Member States.
All reports are available for download in Adobe PDF and excel when applicable.> DOWNLOAD THE REPORTS
AS always God bless America and you.