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Wed Feb 14, 2018, 02:01 PM

US Healthcare "Best in the World"?

In talking with conservatives about healthcare and public policy, I hear repeatedly that the US has the "best healthcare in the world". My response is that is like saying Italy makes the best cars in the world. Italy does make Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini and they are the best cars in the world, but it certainly doesn't mean they have best car industry. America does have an out sized proportion of world class research hospitals but that doesn't mean America's healthcare industry is meeting Americans needs.

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Response to FredZim (Original post)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 02:06 PM

1. If the best medical techniques and technology in America...

... were available, accessible, and affordable to all Americans, then we could say we have the best health care in the world. Until then, we can only correctly claim to have perhaps developed these cutting edge techniques and technologies. Honestly, if we had the best health care, then we as a nation would be the healthiest people, would we not?

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Response to FredZim (Original post)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 02:08 PM

2. just as italy may have the best *luxury* car market, we have the best *luxury* health care market

we have some really awesome medical treatment available for those who can afford it.

what we're not good at is distributing it, and distributing it in a way that doesn't bankrupt people merely for getting sick or having an accident.

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Response to FredZim (Original post)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 02:14 PM

3. Spare me! redumbliCONs lie like thread bare rugs.

The American Criminal Enterprise Healthcare System is just that; price gouging costs while delivering substandard or less care! It is about to become much worse with redumbliCONs controlling everything. The only thing redumbliCON political scum cares about is how much Healthcare corporations can bleed off the patients and government!

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Response to FredZim (Original post)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 02:17 PM

4. Welcome to DU,

hope you enjoy this forum for lefties.

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Response to FredZim (Original post)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 02:27 PM

5. Someone once characterized American health care as 'islands of excellence in a sea of mediocrity.'

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Response to FredZim (Original post)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 02:30 PM

6. Maybe in 1962

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Response to FredZim (Original post)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 02:30 PM

7. Probably the worst in the developed world if you're not rich (n/t)

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Response to FredZim (Original post)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 02:53 PM

8. We do if you can afford to pay for it.

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Response to FredZim (Original post)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 03:08 PM

9. Just ask Martin Shkreli. He thought is was fantastic.




For a while.

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