American Health Care: Higher Cost, Worse Outcomes

8 Oct

I usually don’t click on videos that people post to Facebook, but in this case I thought that it was an interesting topic – why is health care so expensive in the US and what can we do about it?  This isn’t a paean to Obamacare. On the contrary, one could argue that it sets out the argument in favor of a single payer system, rather than an expansion and maintenance of our horribly inefficient and redundant private insurance scheme. In any event, it’s worth a look. 

3 Responses to “American Health Care: Higher Cost, Worse Outcomes”

  1. Hank Kaczmarek October 8, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    Well I know that the liberal masses drool over more government control over our lives. Unfortunately, Government in our country has proved they can’t effectively run a business. They can’t even get the machinery of Congress to work. Simple case of rudderless leadership but indeed they have been malfunctional for many years. Great case for term limits.
    AMTRAK, The Postal Service—-all the proof you need that government cannot run anything correctly. And Please don’t come back with Canada. Population of Ontario (the most populous province) is less than 5 million? So Single payer might work for NYC, but trying to make it work for a nation of over 300 million, 10% of which don’t even belong here legally, would be the cluster-F**k that could topple the health care system along with R&D into new drugs and treatments.
    Do I think Health care the way it was had flaws and needed fixing? Of Course. I’ve worked in that system. My wife is a reports analyst for a 3rd party administrator. The biggest mistake we could make would be to deliver the system to the charge of the same entity that hasn’t passed a budget for themselves for 5 years running.

    • Alan Bedenko October 8, 2013 at 10:09 am #

      The population of Ontario is 13.5 million people.

      The population of Canada is 34 million people – just a little less than California.

      Canadian single-payer is administered by each province. That means, if Ontario can accomplish it, so could New York and just about every other state.

      From the wikipedia entry,

      Health care in Canada is delivered through a publicly funded health care system, which is mostly free at the point of use and has most services provided by private entities…The government assures the quality of care through federal standards. The government does not participate in day-to-day care or collect any information about an individual’s health, which remains confidential between a person and his or her physician. Canada’s provincially based Medicare systems are cost-effective partly because of their administrative simplicity. In each province each doctor handles the insurance claim against the provincial insurer. There is no need for the person who accesses health care to be involved in billing and reclaim. Private health expenditure accounts for 30% of health care financing.

      And the average salary for a physician in Canada is $328,000. The number of Canadians who come to the US for treatment is statistically insignificant, and Canada outperforms the US in terms of outcome and cost.

  2. jimd54 October 8, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

    How is it that the government can be subverted by anarchists and people conclude the problem is not the anarchists but the government? This site has repeatedly posted the evidence that most industrialized countries have government run healthcare that is both more efficient and more effective than what we have. Yet it’s the damn government that’s the problem.

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