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So how's privatized medicine working in Togo?

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April 23, 2007 – Comments (0)

 

Chris, which country should we model privately funded health care after ?

This is the link to the World Health Organizations database, http://www.who.int/whosis/whostat/en/index.html

but keep in mind most of us would like to live longer than a Togan.

I picked Toga because I have a friend from there, and I did not find a country with a 75% or better privately funded system that could outlive 60 years, much less get near 80. Certainly a lot more Gov't run systems can do it. I mean I just do not get it. If you are not on board with "promote the general welfare" what are you about? Privatization sounds great but where does it work for sick people?

Perhaps Sweden is the results we could strive for, even if it means we will all have to find profit somewhere else? I need to be healthy more than I need to be wealthy.

The current set-up with uncontrolled HMO's setting their rates, and setting fees they pay to doctors if they want to be "in the plan" could not possibly lead to overcharging clients and underpaying doctors. All right, you got me. It did. Get the insurance companys out of it and let the USA save me $3000/year.

Anyway, Toga is 75% privately funded.

Togo   Indicator Value (year)Life expectancy at birth (years) males (?) 52.0 (2004)

Life expectancy at birth (years) females (?) 56.0 (2004)

Infant mortality rate (per 1 000 live births) (?) 79.0 (2004)

Neonatal mortality rate (per 1 000 live births) (?) 40 (2000)

Physicians (density per 1 000 population) (?) 0.04 (2004)

Nurses (density per 1 000 population) (?) 0.43 (2004)

Dentists (density per 1 000 population) (?) 0.00 (2004)

Pharmacists (density per 1 000 population) (?) 0.03 (2004)

Lab technicians (density per 1 000 population) (?) 0.11 (2004)

General government expenditure on health as percentage of total expenditure on health (?) 24.8 (2003)

Private expenditure on health as percentage of total expenditure on health (?)                        75.2(2003)

 

Sweden  

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Value (year)

Life expectancy at birth (years) males (?) 78.0 (2004)

Life expectancy at birth (years) females (?) 83.0 (2004)

Infant mortality rate (per 1 000 live births) (?) 3.0 (2004)

Neonatal mortality rate (per 1 000 live births) (?) 2 (2000)

Physicians (density per 1 000 population) (?) 3.28 (2002)

Nurses (density per 1 000 population) (?) 10.24 (2002)

Dentists (density per 1 000 population) (?) 0.82 (2002)

Pharmacists (density per 1 000 population) (?) 0.66 (2002)

General government expenditure on health as percentage of total expenditure on health (?) 85.2 (2003)

Private expenditure on health as percentage of total expenditure on health (?) 14.8 (2003)

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