There is this constant drum beat of disinformation by conservatives relative to America’s healthcare system. America’s health care system SUCKS compared to so many others; there are some things that we do very well but that’s only if you can afford it. And we know most can’t.
A recent study by the Commonwealth fund compared America to 6 other advanced economies relative to our health care system; America ranked dead last.
The Commonwealth Fund writes in their 2010 edition HERE:
The U.S. health system is the most expensive in the world, but comparative analyses consistently show the United States underperforms relative to other countries on most dimensions of performance. This report, which includes information from the most recent three Commonwealth Fund surveys of patients and primary care physicians about medical practices and views of their countries’ health systems (2007–2009), confirms findings discussed in previous editions of Mirror, Mirror. It also includes information on health care outcomes that were featured in the most recent (2008) U.S. health system scorecard issued by the Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System.
Among the seven nations studied—Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States—the U.S. ranks last overall, as it did in the 2007, 2006, and 2004 editions of Mirror, Mirror. Most troubling, the U.S. fails to achieve better health outcomes than the other countries, and as shown in the earlier editions, the U.S. is last on dimensions of access, patient safety, coordination, efficiency, and equity. The Netherlands ranks first, followed closely by the U.K. and Australia. The 2010 edition includes data from the seven countries and incorporates patients’ and physicians’ survey results on care experiences and ratings on various dimensions of care.
Here are just SOME of the quotes that you may find if you were to google various statements by “conservatives”:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaking on Fox News Sunday:
Wallace: “What specifically are you going to do to provide universal coverage to the 30 million people who are uninsured?”
McConnell: “That is not the issue. … The question is how can you go step by step to improve the American health care system? It is already the finest health care system in the world.”
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) speaking on CBS Face the Nation:
Gov. Romney understands that Obamacare will bankrupt our country and ruin the best health care delivery system in the world.
Governor Rick Perry (R-TX):
We’ve got some of the finest health care in the world. So the idea that this federal government, which doesn’t like Texas to begin with, to pick and choose and come up with some data and say somehow Texas has the worst health care system in the world is just fake and false on its face.
Senator Jim Demint (R-SC):
These things do not cost the taxpayers any money, but they are things that we could be ready to do as we move into next year, but we shouldn’t do it in a hurry. We should be more thoughtful. It should not be 2,700 pages. It should be a step-by-step approach where we continuously improve the best health care system in the world.
Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN):
The Supreme Court’s decision didn’t change that. Americans deserve real market-based reforms, not big government, to increase access to the greatest health care system in the world.
Bill O’Reilly (R-Fox):
The United States has the greatest health care system in the world.
Sean Hannity (R-Fox):
I just don’t understand the logic, why you believe that the government can do what the free market had successfully accomplished, which was a health care system that was the envy of the world.
Glenn Beck (R-Alien Planet):
OK. When you see statements like that, be afraid. Be very, very afraid. It’s not a bad dream for me; it is a nightmare. Hillary, thanks, but no thanks. 1993 wasn’t that long ago. I remember all too well that confused, nonsensical mess you tried to make of the greatest health care system in the world.
Senator John McCain (R-AZ):
If Senator Reid succeeds with this legislation, it’ll be purely on party-line basis. That’s not what America wants from us. So my — what I would urgently request Senator Reid is we sit down together, we do the things we can agree on. We all know that cost is the problem. They — we want to get costs under control. They want to change the entire fundamentals of the best health care system in the world.
Rick Santorum’s website:
THE U.S. HAS THE BEST HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IN THE WORLD
Reuters points out a few things from the report HERE:
In 2007, health spending was $7,290 per person in the United States, more than double that of any other country in the survey.
Australians spent $3,357, Canadians $3,895, Germans $3,588, the Netherlands $3,837 and Britons spent $2,992 per capita on health in 2007. New Zealand spent the least at $2,454.
This is a big rise from the Fund’s last similar survey, in 2007, which found Americans spent $6,697 per capita on healthcare in 2005, or 16 percent of gross domestic product.
“We rank last on safety and do poorly on several dimensions of quality,” Schoen told reporters. “We do particularly poorly on going without care because of cost. And we also do surprisingly poorly on access to primary care and after-hours care.”
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