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March 22, 2010 – Comments (5)

The US sure is good at spending health care dollars, but clearly from the graph, the spending is highly ineffective and/or inefficient.

I knew the US wasted money and got poor return for health dollars but I had not realised it was quite that bad.

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#1) On March 22, 2010 at 8:53 PM, outoffocus (23.48) wrote:

Thats why we need REAL healthcare reform.  Most of our healthcare dollars unneccesary prescription and profit motivated insurance companies.

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#2) On March 22, 2010 at 9:08 PM, Tastylunch (29.41) wrote:

One has to wonder looking at the graph

if type of transit and diet play a big part in the results.

My impression of Japan and Korea is that people there walk a lot more (mass transit etc) and eat a whole heck of a lot less saturated fat.

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#3) On March 22, 2010 at 9:22 PM, starbucks4ever (97.98) wrote:

Spending money on HMOs to the tune of 0.5 Trillion a year does not make one live longer. Surprise!

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#4) On March 22, 2010 at 9:24 PM, dwot (45.58) wrote:

Tastylunch, Japan's life expectance is still skewed by the almost zero smoking rate of the population prior to world war I, and women remained non-smokers until around the 80s I believe.  With non-smokers living an average of 17 years longer then smokers, you can see huge increases in life expectance and huge reductions in health care costs just by having a non-smoking population.

I used to work with a doctor helping smokers quit and the day to day health problems of the clients left me dumb struck at how much poor health smokers tolerate for their addiction.  It isn't just health consequences at the end of their life, but poorer lifelong health.

I would agree that cars reduce good health.  People are much better off getting to where they need to go by at least having a portion of the distance travelled with their own two feet.  

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#5) On March 22, 2010 at 10:20 PM, Tastylunch (29.41) wrote:

ah did not know that about japan and smoking.

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