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The 5 big lies about Universal Health Care in the United States
Lie 1: The U.S. health care system is the best in the world.
Currently the U.S. is in 20th place for women’s life expectancy and 21st for men’s, down from 1st for both in 1945. Also, the U.S. ranks between 50th and 100th in immunizations, taking 67th place, right behind Botswana. Overall the U.S. ranks poorly on many health care indicators compared to other industrial nations, even though it has the best medical infrastructure and the best trained health care providers.
Lie 2: Universal health care in the U.S. would deprive its citizens of services.
Research has shown that with universal health care systems citizens have more hospital stays and more doctor visits than in the United States. Currently about 30 percent of Americans have trouble with health care access because of payment problems, which is a far larger percentage than in any other industrialized country. Around 17 percent of Americans live without health insurance and about 75 percent of uninsured people who are sick suffer difficulties with paying for or even accessing health care.
Lie 3: Universal health care in America would be too expensive.
The U.S. currently spends about 40 percent more on health care per capita than any other industrialized nation that has a universal health care system. There are federal studies, which show that universal health care in the United States could save $100-200 billion per year, even with additional coverage of all the currently uninsured people. Also, universal health care in the U.S. would incur less expenditure because of lower administrative costs. The U.S. currently spends 50-100 percent more money on administration than universal health care systems.
The information supplied in this article is not to be considered as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.
|Health Conditions1 Nov 2010|