Free-Markets In US Health Care — Part II, EPIC FAIL

  • America spends $7,290 per capita on health care, far more than other countries. -OECD

  • The US spent $2.4 trillion for health care, 2008, about the same as spent for food, clothing, and national defense combined. -Business Roundtable
  • Health care premiums increased 10.6% per year, 2000 – 2007. Concurrent overall inflation averaged merely 2.8%. -Henry J Kaiser Family Foundation
  • 41% of U.S. adults have unpaid medical bills and difficulty making payments. -Commonwwealth Fund
  • 25% of US citizens fail to fill their prescriptions because they can’t afford the cost (leading to sub-optimal treatment and reduced health outcomes, larger future care costs, and decreased worker productivity). -The American Prospect, Inc.
  • Health care spending exceeds the combined profitability of every corporation in America. -Business Roundtable
  • The bottom-line cost of America’s free-market health care system over “socialist” France? An 87% higher infant mortality rate! -CIA World Factbook
  • 30,000 US babies die each year, leading to the highest infant mortality rates of all industrialized nations. (Why do conservatives fight abortion access when we let babies just die anyway?) -HealthPAC
  • Abortions are free in UK; they cost more than $600 in the US. -Planned Parenthood
  • Think free abortions degrade the sanctity of life? Wrong! Brits have 18.2 and Yanks have 19.4 abortions per every 1000 women of child-bearing-age. -UK Dept. of Health
  • US children are three times more likely to be prescribed antidepressants than European children. (Why wouldn’t it be this way: European youth know they’re part of a society in which all benefit; US youth know that only their parents give a damn about them, certainly not the society in which they live.) -Science Daily
  • More than 25% of US children have cavities and tooth decay. -Commonwealth Fund
  • Brits have 1/3 the rate of diabetes under their nationalized health system. -OECD
  • Think having a national health insurance system drives away doctors? Greece has twice the ratio of doctors per capita than the US. -OECD
  • Think government programs are inefficient? Operating expenses: For-profit insurance – 26%; Not-for-profit insurance – 16%; Medicare – 3% -Journal of American Medicine
  • Free-markets mean expense and resource control, right? Wrong! Compared to the US, Rx drug spending is one-third less in the other industrialized nations, and the disparity is growing. -CBO
  • Health care cost per employee is expected to be $28,000 by 2019 or three times as now. The free-market can’t afford these carrying costs (Either the US adopts a form of national health insurance provision or health care access will be a privilege of the elite [NOT you!] — like third-world nations). -Business Roundtable
  • Think working hard and a full-time job provide the path to health insurance? Wrong! 45% of the uninsured are full-time employees. -Business Roundtable


2 responses to “Free-Markets In US Health Care — Part II, EPIC FAIL

  • albfrankli

    Great article. We need to get the word out in language that reaches people.

    US infant mortality; highest in the developed world.
    National health care systems save infant lives.
    Really Pro-Life? Support Obama-Care!

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