America the Only Developed Country Without Universal Healthcare

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America the Only Developed Country Without Universal Healthcare
 
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
 
Nations providing universal coverage offer one of three forms for their people:
 
• government provided single-payer; 

 
• two-tier providing basic care, along with secondary coverage offering more services based on the ability to pay; and

 
• mandate insurance from an employer or individually purchased, supplementing national coverage.

 
Countries offering universal coverage by date established and type system are the following:
 
Norway, 1912, single payer
 
New Zealand, 1938, two tier
 
Japan, 1938, single payer
 
Germany, 1941, insurance mandate
 
Belgium,1945, insurance mandate
 
Britain, 1948, single payer
 
Kuwait, 1950, single payer
 
Sweden, 1955, single payer
 
Bahrain, 1957, single payer
 
Brunei,1958, single payer
 
Cuba, 1959, single payer (constitutionally mandated)
 
Canada, 1966, single payer
 
The Netherlands, 1966, two-tier
 
Austria, 1967, insurance mandate
 
United Arab Emirates, 1971, single payer
 
Finland, 1972, single payer
 
Slovenia, 1972, single payer
 
Denmark, 1973, two-tier
 
Luxembourg, 1973, insurance mandate
 
France, 1974, two-tier
 
Australia, 1975, two tier
 
Ireland, 1977, two-tier
 
Italy, 1978, single payer
 
Portugal, 1979, single payer
 
Cyprus, 1980, single payer
 
Greece, 1983, insurance mandate
 
Spain, 1986, single payer
 
South Korea, 1988, insurance mandate
 
Iceland, 1990, single payer
 
Hong Kong, 1993, two-tier
 
Taiwan, single payer

Nicaragua, single payer
 
Singapore, 1993, two-tier
 
Switzerland, 1994, insurance mandate
 
Israel, 1995, two-tier
 
Venezuela, 1999, single payer (constitutionally mandated)
 
Other Latin American countries with some form of government provided healthcare include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, and Peru.
 
Other countries with some type of universal coverage include Belarus, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Georgia, Ghana, Hungary, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, North Korea, Latvia, single payer in Libya under Gaddafi, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Pakistan, Panama, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uruguay.
 
The world’s richest country, America, lacks universal healthcare, millions of its citizens without coverage, most others way underinsured.
 
Under Trumpcare if enacted in either House or Senate form, conditions for most Americans will go from bad to worse.
 
According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), an explosion of “junk insurance” will occur in states opting out of Obamacare protections – leaving millions with worthless coverage in cases of serious illnesses, diseases or injuries, especially when involving surgery and/or expensive drugs.
 
Low premium junk insurance will cover only certain health problems, supplemental plans needed for other expenses, while fixed-dollar indemnity plans will provide a designated amount per day toward medical expenses, not nearly enough when high-cost.
 
The CBO considers individuals with this type coverage uninsured “because they do not have financial protection from major medical risks.”
 
Minimal coverage plans in America have been around a long time. They work OK for healthy people, not sick ones, especially with expensive illnesses.
 
The cost of medical care in America is double the annual per capita amount in other developed countries, why it’s the leading cause of personal bankruptcies.
 
If healthy individuals buy cheap junk insurance, others with health issues needing comprehensive coverage will end up paying much more than now – because insurers know people buying more expensive plans believe they’ll need them.
 
Washington state insurance commissioner Mike Kreidler calls this arrangement “the worst scenario.”
 
Premiums will rise for fuller-coverage plans. Insurers will exit markets because “the only people you’re insuring are the” ones needing it to pay high medical expenses.
 
“Giving people more choices always looks popular,” he explained. Below the surface, standards are lacking, so “you wind up (with) a race to the bottom.”
 
Sick individuals end up needing high-cost plans they can’t afford. Healthy ones either buy junk insurance without catastrophic coverage or none at all.
 
The solution not taken is obvious – government-provided universal coverage, everyone in, no one left out, the world’s richest nation failing to uphold a fundamental human right.

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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.