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Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_total_health_expenditure_per_capita#/media/File:OECD_health_expenditure_per_capita_by_country.svg

 

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Source: http://fortune.com/2018/02/09/us-life-expectancy-dropped-again/

 

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Source: https://twitter.com/beauwillimon/status/889170390949519361

  1. Prof Dr James Beckman, Germany
    June 3, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    Here in Germany, where everyone is supposed to be covered, there is clear preference for patients who pay in cash–saving months of waiting for specialized services. Sometimes the patient will be reimbursed. Also, deductibles for many prescriptions are not large. There are no copays to my knowledge, except for special services.I don’t know of any lifetime insurance limits in the dominant public health insurance market. Then there is the matter of quality. I am unsure how many of these variables are adequately covered in the statisitcs, both theoretically & in reality.

  2. patrick newman
    June 3, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    USA ranks first in per capita spending but last (in the cohort) in life expectancy. Hardly a recommendation for the American way of illness!

    • Prof Dr James Beckman, Germany
      June 3, 2018 at 7:10 pm

      Patrick, from what I see, too many do not have preventative information from any source + an absence of treatment centers for psychological/drug problems. My father was a shrink for decades in California. Here in Germany everyone can go to see someone due to the universal health care. Sometimes it is spotty, but basic symptoms appear & adequate to exellent treatment follows. People here often smoke too much & eat the same bad kinds of foods as do too many Americans, without physical work to help the body function.

  3. Helen Sakho
    June 4, 2018 at 1:48 am

    Agreed. In the land of guaranteed sickness and early death, every tooth, nail, every organ of the body and naturally every brain cell has a specific price for those insured.
    Those who are not live in “Mean Streets”.

  4. Grayce
    June 4, 2018 at 4:48 am

    “USA ranks first in per capita spending but last (in the cohort) in life expectancy.”
    Per capita spending that includes for-profit insurance is a false (aka fake) statistic. Per capita health service VALUE RECEIVED is much less. If you drive around Hartford Connecticut you will see giant glass-clad headquarters buildings built with the profits from “demutualization.” Mutual insurance was changed over and subscriber/owners were given a share of the selling price, but some super-subscribers or super-owners were given (took?) a disproportionate share. Since then, the for-profit overhead has fostered the delay-and-deny operational patterns that make people reluctant to seek medical help. Thus, the second half of the statement, reduced life expectancy.

  5. June 4, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    I am glad I live in Canada.

  6. Helen Sakho
    June 4, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    I am glad for you too.
    As for the rest of that side of the Northern world and its mates, we should bring back the (allegedly) first Charter of Human Rights – the Hammurabi Code: an eye for an eye, etc.
    It’s fairer, clearer, more transparent and simply doesn’t change every second of every minute of the day and night.

  7. June 20, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    There’s game we play in America. It’s called “for profit.” The British invented it, the Americans perfected it. Particularly its “give me what I want, or I’ll take it all” pursuit of wealth. Now it’s spread around the world. And it’s murdering Sapiens. Most economists defend it because they say it’s the most efficient way to buy-sell and get the resources and services needed to make human life not just bearable but agreeable. This is based on the notion that profit is earned by businesses when they perform work well. And no profit is earned when businesses do not perform work well. What is this profit? It is what’s left in terms of cash when a business does a good job, meets all its obligations, and provides the products or services people need. Business owners, today including investors, reversed this economists’ theory by earmarking profit first, and then using whatever cash was left to perform the work, create the products, or provide the services to which the business had obligated itself. This assures those identified as owners/investors always benefit from the business. Those who want or need the services or products of the business may benefit as well so long as the owners/investors are not overly greedy. When the owners/investors demand too much profit, then the business often fails, and customers are harmed. The disease of our time is owners/investors demanding more and willing to share less and less. Sharing enough to allow healthcare for all simply cannot coexist with this disease.

  8. Helen Sakho
    June 22, 2018 at 2:55 am

    An Alliance made as strong as their history (old and new) and as fluid as their ability and willingness to “hurt their own people” each perfecting the talents of the other against genuine talents in their homelands and beyond. Worse is yet to come.

    • June 22, 2018 at 5:31 am

      Sapiens cannot survive half slave and half free, half for-profit and half for-community. One must destroy the other. For too long now slavery and for-profit have dominated. While freedom and community are pushed closer to extinction each year. When they’re gone so is Sapiens.

  9. Helen Sakho
    June 22, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    And so experienced Enkido, who was used and abused by all when the King was desperately looking for immortality.

    • June 23, 2018 at 7:16 am

      He’s not the man to hold your trust,
      Everything he touches turns to dust,
      In his hands,
      Nothing he can do is right,
      He’d even like to sleep at night,
      But he can’t,
      All he touches turns to dust,
      I wish someone would find me,
      And help me gain control,
      Before I lose my reason,
      And my soul.

      “King Midas in Reverse”
      Graham Nash

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