[ExI] Who are the people? Who suffers?

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Sat Jul 18 12:56:29 UTC 2009

On 7/18/09, Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
> You're probably right, but here is the puzzle: most other developed
>  countries get universal public health care, and these universal
>  systems cost their taxpayers less than the US non-universal public
>  health care system cost. It can't be that everything's more expensive
>  in America, because it isn't; but healthcare, public and private, is.
>  Moreover, there are those studies showing that the US ranks lower than
>  most other other OECD countries in health care quality. For example,
>  the following paper goes into much greater detail than simply
>  measuring life expectancy and child mortality:

It's obvious. Not a puzzle at all.

The medical insurance companies have the main objective of making
profits for their Wall Street investors. So they dump non
profit-making customers and fight all claims that might cost them too
much money.

The doctors themselves are now profit centres aiming to maximise revenue.
(With a few ethical exceptions that still put patient care first).

So, you pay your money and you get expensive treatment, whether you
really need it or not, and possible bankruptcy if the insurance won't
pay up. If you don't pay, it's the A&E for you.

And, as you point out, preventative health care isn't part of the US
system at all.


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