Last in healthcare

 Posted by at 18:37  Politics
Jun 232010

It appears that those who believe that the United States has the best health care in the world had best think again…

U.S. scores dead last again in healthcare study

Americans spend twice as much as residents of other developed countries on healthcare, but get lower quality, less efficiency and have the least equitable system, according to a report released on Wednesday.

The United States ranked last when compared to six other countries — Britain, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand, the Commonwealth Fund report found. …

In 2007, health spending was $7,290 per person in the United States, more than double that of any other country in the survey.

Australians spent $3,357, Canadians $3,895, Germans $3,588, the Netherlands $3,837 and Britons spent $2,992 per capita on health in 2007. New Zealand spent the least at $2,454.

This is a big rise from the Fund’s last similar survey, in 2007, which found Americans spent $6,697 per capita on healthcare in 2005, or 16 percent of gross domestic product.

“We rank last on safety and do poorly on several dimensions of quality,” Schoen told reporters. “We do particularly poorly on going without care because of cost. And we also do surprisingly poorly on access to primary care and after-hours care.”

The report looks at five measures of healthcare — quality, efficiency, access to care, equity and the ability to lead long, healthy, productive lives.

Britain, whose nationalized healthcare system was widely derided by opponents of U.S. healthcare reform, ranks first in quality while the Netherlands ranked first overall on all scores, the Commonwealth team found.

It’s all good, though. The insurance company executives are doing quite well. They thank you very much.

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General resigns

 Posted by at 14:35  Politics
Jun 232010

Today, President Obama accepted the resignation of General Stanley McChrystal, commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, mostly due to remarks attributed to the general and his staff in this Rolling Stone article. He nominated General David Petraeus to replace General McChrystal.

A transcript of the President’s remarks follows the break.

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