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Sunday, November 14, 2010

US health -2. underperforming system

Health 2. We'll have a look at 4 features today.
 comparing  tables

The most notable way the U.S. differs from other countries is the absence of universal health insurance coverage. Health reform legislation recently signed into law by President Barack Obama should begin to improve the affordability of insurance and access to care when fully implemented in 2014.

Overview.  Despite having the most costly health system in the world, the United States consistently underperforms on most dimensions of performance, relative to other countries. This report—an update to three earlier editions—includes data from seven countries and incorporates patients' and physicians' survey results on care experiences and ratings on dimensions of care. Compared with six other nations—Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom—the U.S. health care system ranks last or next-to-last on five dimensions of a high performance health system: quality, access, efficiency, equity, and healthy lives. 

Other reasons that costs are higher and quality is lower is the system is based on an entrepeneurial model. Furthermore, the U.S. performs less well on health status indicators because of the huge gap between the rich and poor. Research on social determinants show that when gaps between rich and poor widen, the health of all suffer--even those in the middle.
2> to check the US Child Health system performance by all the States click here
3> about life expectancy, at globalsociology

Pay especially attention to France and South Korea, both retiring at 60- 
considering a similar retirement age. 
Also note the dramatic improvements in Turkey and Ireland, for instance.
4> Mashable's overview of  World Health:
life expectancy (years) and cost per capita ($)
Via Mashable (zoomable version here),

sources: GOOD magazine Amazing facts!

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