Thursday, March 22, 2007

I've always wanted to go to New Zealand.

And I've never believed that carnard about "socialized medicine will lead to rationing."

  • Americans are The Healthiest People in the World.

    FACT: Citizens of 34 nations live longer than Americans.

  • The U.S. is the Best Place to Get Sick.

    FACT: The World Health Organization ranked the U.S. 37th in the world for health system performance. Countries like Australia and the United Kingdom rank above the U.S. Americans have lower odds of surviving colorectal cancer and childhood leukemia than Canadians who do have national health care. Americans also experience greater problems in coordination of care than the previously mentioned countries and New Zealand.

  • Covering All Americans Will Lead to Rationing.

    FACT: Same-day access to primary-care physicians in the U.S. (33%) is far less available than in the United Kingdom (41%), Australia (54%) and New Zealand (60%). Per capita spending for health care averaged $2,696 in countries without waiting lists and $5,267 in the U.S.

  • Global Competitiveness is Hampered in Comprehensive System.

    FACT: "Health care costs are not just a burden and barrier to care for individuals; they are taking a heavy toll on American businesses." The strain on employers in 2005 was staggering. "The average total premiums for an employer-based family plan was $9,979 in 2005 ..." Most of our competitors in the world markets finance their systems outside corporate taxes and employer mandates. Without Medicare for Everyone, the U.S. will continue to hemorrhage jobs.

  • We Cannot Afford to Cover All Americans.

    FACT: We already spend enough to have universal health care. "The truth is, we cannot afford to not reform the health system." We spend about 50% more than the next most expensive nation and nearly twice per person what the Canadians do. On May 1, 2006 Paul Krugman explained in Death by Insurance how incredibly wasteful the current system is. The doctor he referenced has two full-time staff members for billing, and two secretaries spend half their time collecting insurance information on the 301 different private plans they deal with. This type of waste is easily 20%. Also consider that 98% of Medicare funds are spent on medical care.

4 comments:

Brian said...

Have you checked out the immigration requirements for New Zealand. They don't want us (or anyone, really) :)

hipparchia said...

hey, brian! best i can tell, nobody wants us. but i've long wanted to spend some time in both australia and new zealand.

Brian said...

Well...I keep playing the Lottery with the idea of taking my millions and decamping for Pinot country in New Zealand. Alas, you need skills or have to be a successful entrepeneur.

Great blog! Referred via Ioz!

hipparchia said...

confession: i buy lottery tickets too [i'm convinced it's the only way i'll ever be able to afford health care].

hmmm, i have some skills ... i'll have to check into what they're looking for over there....

thanks for the kind words [i adore IOZ, even though i disagree with many of his views].