USA Healthcare Screwed Up
USA healthcare is overpriced due to Gov't interference say some of our more vocal members.
I disagree. I believe USA healthcare is costly because of to little Gov't interference, allowing too much money to be sucked out of the system by Insurers who make no contribution to healthcare.
As a measure of Gov't Interference, US Gov't spending accounts for 46% of healthcare spending in the USA. I went in search of a Country whose Gov't spends nothing on healthcare and eliminates any risk of Gov't screwing things up. Such a Country does not exist.
So the next best thing I could find was a country in which Gov't spends 10% of the healthcare dollars and private spending is 90%. Unfortunately even that tiny amount of gov't spending screws things up enough to raise the cost of healthcare to 10% of the Countries GDP, just like Socialist Netherlands which spends 8% of GDP on healthcare (The USA is at 16% and rising).
In 2003, according to nationmaster.com
The small Gov't country has .04 physicians for 1000 people. The Netherlands has 3.1. USA 2.8
The small Gov't country has 1.5 hospital beds for 1000 people. The Netherlands has 11.1. USA 6.5.
The small Gov't country spends $163 international dollars per person on healthcare. $18. by the Gov't.
The Netherlands spends $2564, int dollars $1683 by Gov. The USA spends $5274 int dollars, $2368 by Gov't.
Life expectancy in the Netherlands 79 years, 10.6% lived in ill health. In the USA life expectancy is 77 years 12.% lived in ill health.
Life expectancy in the small Gov't country is 52 years. There is no stat for years lived in ill health.
Based on these statistics it easy for some to conclude that the smaller the Gov't involvement in healthare, the better and cheaper the health outcomes become.
One has only to look at the stats to determine if we can do better, and what direction will get us where we want to go.