No, we don’t have the greatest healthcare system in the world

Even for the average Joe/Joanne who has some sort of health plan at work, a major illness can easily be a bankrupter. And as far as outcomes, we have the worst among industrialized nations. Nicholas Kristof gives a few examples:

Americans with good jobs and complex needs receive superb medical care. But a child in Costa Rica born today is expected to live longer than an American child born today.

The U.S. now spends far more on medical care (more than $7,000 per person) than other nations, yet our infant mortality rate, maternal mortality rate and longevity are among the worst in the industrialized world. If we had as good a child mortality rate as France, Germany and Italy, we would save 12,000 children a year.

It is disgraceful that an American mother has almost three times the risk of losing a child as a mother in the Czech Republic. According to a new report from Save the Children, a woman in the U.S. has a 1-in-71 chance of losing a child before his or her fifth birthday.

The healthcare insurance and management industry is committing a great fraud on this country. Even the doctors know it.

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