Monday, August 31, 2009

Health Care Around the World

Thank you to "Tales from the Serenity Now Hospital" for sharing this Washington Post article. 5 Myths About Health Care Around the World presents its case well and should be mandatory reading for all who are involved with the upcoming health care legislation. Consider this example regarding the myth that foreign health care systems are inefficient bureaucracies:

"The world champion at controlling medical costs is Japan, even though its aging population is a profligate consumer of medical care. On average, the Japanese go to the doctor 15 times a year, three times the U.S. rate. They have twice as many MRI scans and X-rays. Quality is high; life expectancy and recovery rates for major diseases are better than in the United States. And yet Japan spends about $3,400 per person annually on health care; the United States spends more than $7,000."

At the very least, this should make us think.

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