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Report Criticizes US Healthcare System

Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Despite spending double the per capita amount on healthcare compared to other developed countries, healthcare in America falls woefully short.

A Commonwealth Fund (CF) study compared America’s system to its counterparts in Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, and Switzerland.

Dozens of indicators were selected under the categories of care process, access, administrative efficiency, equity and health outcomes.

Data to determine performance came from CF patient and physician surveys, along with OECD, WHO and European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.

America, the world’s richest country, ranked last on overall performance, last or near last on access, administrative efficiency, equity and health outcomes – a disturbing testimony to the deplorable state of healthcare in the nation.

It has virtually open-checkbook funding for militarism, imperial wars and corporate handouts. It generously rewards its privileged class at the expense of most others.

It has the world’s best healthcare system – based on the ability to pay. It commodifies a fundamental human right. It’s the only developed nation without some form of universal coverage.

Its system is in crisis mode because of increasing unaffordability for tens of millions. Serious pre-conditions, illnesses and expensive surgeries risk pain, suffering and premature deaths because of the inability to afford the high cost of proper care.

America has an apartheid system based on income, race, ethnicity and other factors. Millions face choosing from among which of life’s essentials they can afford.

“(T)he US health care system falls short, failing to deliver indicated services reliably to all who could benefit,” said CF.

“In particular, poor access to primary care has contributed to inadequate prevention and management of chronic diseases, delayed diagnoses, incomplete adherence to treatments, wasteful overuse of drugs and technologies, and coordination and safety problems.”

House and Senate versions of Trumpcare make a dysfunctional system worse – a disturbing testimony to the United States of I don’t care if enacted into law.

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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.