seven things tagged “america”
Americans are paying a quarter million dollars more for healthcare over a lifetime compared to the most expensive socialized system on earth. Half a million dollars more than countries like Canada and the UK.
One in three American families had to forgo needed healthcare due to the cost last year. Almost three in ten had to skip prescribed medication due to cost. One in four had trouble paying a medical bill. Of those with insurance one in five had trouble paying a medical bill, and even for those with income above $100,000 14% had trouble. One in six Americans has unpaid medical debt on their credit report. 50% of all Americans fear bankruptcy due to a major health event.
So there’s a good chance you wouldn’t be able to pay for it, especially if you get sick enough to lose the job you depend on for insurance.
mediocre healthcare for free.
Except it’s US healthcare that’s mediocre vs. it’s peers.
- US Healthcare ranked 29th by Lancet HAQ Index
- 11th (of 11) by Commonwealth Fund
- 59th by the Prosperity Index
- 30th by CEOWorld
- 37th by the World Health Organization
- 52nd in the world in doctors per capita.
- Higher infant mortality levels. Yes, even when you adjust for differences in methodology.
- Fewer acute care beds. A lower number of psychiatrists. Etc.
The US has the worst rate of death by medically preventable causes among peer countries. A 31% higher disease adjusted life years average. Higher rates of medical and lab errors. A lower rate of being able to make a same or next day appointment with their doctor than average.
These findings imply that even if all US citizens experienced the same health outcomes enjoyed by privileged White US citizens, US health indicators would still lag behind those in many other countries.
When asked about their healthcare system as a whole the US system ranked dead last of 11 countries, with only 19.5% of people saying the system works relatively well and only needs minor changes. The average in the other countries is 46.9% saying the same. Canada ranked 9th with 34.5% saying the system works relatively well. The UK ranks fifth, with 44.5%. Australia ranked 6th at 44.4%. The best was Germany at 59.8%.
On rating the overall quality of care in the US, Americans again ranked dead last, with only 25.6% ranking it excellent or very good. The average was 50.8%. Canada ranked 9th with 45.1%. The UK ranked 2nd, at 63.4%. Australia was 3rd at 59.4%. The best was Switzerland at 65.5%.
OECD Countries Health Care Spending and Rankings (Source)
|Country||Govt. / Mandatory (PPP)||Voluntary (PPP)||Total (PPP)||GDP||Lancet HAQ Ranking||WHO Ranking||Prosperity Ranking||CEO World Ranking||Commonwealth Fund Ranking|
One of the most disheartening charts I’ve seen about the current hyperpartisan political climate. We fear each other so much more.
I suppose all’s fine and dandy if you’re in news or social media and are spiritually obligated to deliver Value™ to stakeholders via those almighty engagement metrics that do nothing more than sow rancor among people who have a lot more in common than they’re led to believe. All Facebook does is hold a mirror up to society. All the news media does is report. Ethics and responsibility are for the Value™-illiterate. The only thing that matters, as the society and country you and your children live in devours itself, is making gobs of cash.
The Punisher logo is genius. Via Pete.
The red and orange areas have about the same number of people (~104 Million)
More on this interactive page.