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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 06:41 AM

U.S. Health Worse Than Nearly All Other Industrialized Countries

http://www.alternet.org/personal-health/us-health-worse-nearly-all-other-industrialized-countries



U.S. citizens suffer from poorer health than nearly all other industrialised countries, according to the first comprehensive government analysis on the subject, released Wednesday.

Of 17 high-income countries looked at by a committee of experts sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, the United States is at or near the bottom in at least nine indicators.

These include infant mortality, heart and lung disease, sexually transmitted infections, and adolescent pregnancies, as well as more systemic issues such as injuries, homicides, and rates of disability.

Together, such issues place U.S. males at the very bottom of the list, among those countries, for life expectancy; on average, a U.S. male can be expected to live almost four fewer years than those in the top-ranked country, Switzerland. U.S. females fare little better, ranked 16th out of the 17 high-income countries under review.

We were stunned by the propensity of findings all on the negative side the scope of the disadvantage covers all ages, from babies to seniors, both sexes, all classes of society, Steven H. Woolf, a professor of family medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University and chair of the panel that wrote the report, told IPS.

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Reply U.S. Health Worse Than Nearly All Other Industrialized Countries (Original post)
xchrom Jan 2013 OP
Xipe Totec Jan 2013 #1
xchrom Jan 2013 #2
daa Jan 2013 #16
enlightenment Jan 2013 #26
Snarkoleptic Jan 2013 #14
indepat Jan 2013 #24
raccoon Jan 2013 #3
KG Jan 2013 #4
JoeBlowToo Jan 2013 #5
LisaLynne Jan 2013 #6
BarbaRosa Jan 2013 #7
RBitt Jan 2013 #8
mikeysnot Jan 2013 #19
obama2terms Jan 2013 #9
bread_and_roses Jan 2013 #10
marmar Jan 2013 #11
Surya Gayatri Jan 2013 #12
proReality Jan 2013 #21
kenny blankenship Jan 2013 #13
AlbertCat Jan 2013 #15
Egalitarian Thug Jan 2013 #17
Overseas Jan 2013 #18
MindPilot Jan 2013 #20
jsr Jan 2013 #22
libtodeath Jan 2013 #23
ybbor Jan 2013 #25

Response to xchrom (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 07:18 AM

1. If only we could unleash the forces of free market capitalism on health care...

Oh, wait...

This IS what happens when you unleash the forces of free market capitalism on health care.

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 07:20 AM

2. +1

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Response to xchrom (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:14 AM

16. +2. Nt

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Response to daa (Reply #16)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:29 PM

26. +3. n/t

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 08:54 AM

14. It's worse than you think.

Health insurers are exempt from anti-trust laws and are free to collude in price fixing schemes. (just like Major League Baseball...WTF!!?!?!)
The very existance of this parasite attached to our healthcare delivery system shows how warped our priorities are.


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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 12:26 PM

24. It goes well beyond just health care, it's the cumulative impact of living in a

right-wing-soused society, the whole garbanzo, the whole enchilada, the cumulative impact of mostly continuing the gipper's voodoo economics at the behest of corporatist government which operates almost wholly to promote the welfare of the most affluent and large corporations at the expense of we the people rather than to promote the general welfare.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 07:23 AM

3. Off to greatest with you! nt

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 07:30 AM

4. the 'uniquely american solution'

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 07:31 AM

5. USA! USA! We're number one in worst outcomes!

 

But you can't choose your doctor in those socialized countries! You have to wait six months to get a tummy tuck!

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Response to JoeBlowToo (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 07:35 AM

6. Yes! And luckily I totally live in America where I can pick my ...

doctor from a list that my insurance company gave me.

Hey ... wait ....

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 07:40 AM

7. On the other hand,

I'll bet we have the best compensated insurance executives in the world.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 07:44 AM

8. best health care on earth?

Our insurance became un-affordable yesterday. Up 40% since the passage of the Affordable Care act. 11 months until I can shop on the exchange, wish us luck.

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Response to RBitt (Reply #8)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:27 AM

19. blame the insurers, not ACA.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 07:49 AM

9. Not only do we not eat as healthy

But people in other industrialised also have better access to health care than Americans because it doesn't cost a fortune!! We need universal health care

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 07:50 AM

10. They were "stunned?" What rock have they been under?

We've all been aware of this for - how long now? A goodly time, at any rate. Nor will the much ballyhooded ACA improve things much, if at all. It doesn't touch the root of the problem.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 08:06 AM

11. k/r

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 08:42 AM

12. And yet the great mass delusion persists--

"Murca's got da best of everythin', cludin' Helt Kare!
Wer N1! F*ck Yeah!

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Response to Surya Gayatri (Reply #12)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:47 AM

21. We are still #1

You just have to list everything we're #1 at from the bottom up.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 08:47 AM

13. And will STAY that way

As long as you people keep confusing Republicans for Democrats.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:08 AM

15. The US has the most amazing healthcare facilities and professionals!

But what good is all that if YOU CAN'T GET ACCESS TO THEM because it costs too much for the individual?

None.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:15 AM

17. All classes except the very rich, that is. Must have forgotten that. K&R

 

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:25 AM

18. K&R.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:38 AM

20. That's because all of the diseased illegal immigrants

who come to the US to receive free healthcare use it all up so there isn't any left over for real Americans.

I heard it on FOX news so it must be true!

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:51 AM

22. But our heathcare executives are the best paid

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:56 AM

23. Disgraceful

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:04 PM

25. Wait, what? We have the best health care system in the world!

Sarcasm.

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