The state of health services

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As a lefty American, I really do wonder what the best health care system would be. It’s a quandry from any angle, with rising potential for help combined with rising costs. In our country, things are very odd because a long time ago (I’ve been told in response to wage freezes) healthcare became a perk for work and insurance has been largely tied to employment for a long time, for most middle class workers anyway. And it makes some weird side effects; like since hospitals know they will generally always be negotiating for reimbursement with big old companies, the “list prices” of very ordinary medical things are through the damn roof – because 9 times out of 10, the person never has to pay anything near that. Combine that with the weird back and forth of legitimate need for recourse when a doctor acts incompetently with people looking for malpractice paydays, and things get even more messed up. Kirk

A link to a survey of how Canadians view their health care system was part of a story on cbc.ca today. While the focus is on Canadians, many of the charts in the chartbook show all 11 countries surveyed. Those countries are Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States.

The original article is here and the report is at this link. Bob

Good follow-ups to this article and as usual with this subject more questions pop up than answers every time it is discussed. My Mother is now back at home and receiving immediate care 14 weeks earlier than she would have with us, just 100 miles away. Bonkers.

 

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