Ziner wrote:aoxo1 wrote:And just a little charty goodness more relevant to the thread: Percent of GDP spending on health care
You love this argument, but does it actually show anything if the services aren't any good or you have a 6 month wait for surgery? Moreover wouldn't you expect it to be lower in a place like Canada where salaries of doctors and nurses aren't set by the free market? Or that the prices for services are set by the government not by what they should cost? Or the fact that they don't use the best equipment because the government wont pay for them? Or the fact that because Canada or other countries set price limits on medicine and device that the US gets gauged even more to pay for these products? Then again we could set our own price controls and destroy the R&D budget for those places.
Ziner, you can pose those questions all you like but the following is a FACT: outcomes are better in those countries. People live longer, healthier lives. Doctors and nurses are well off, and plenty of medical innovation occurs in other countries.
The US health care system is hugely inefficient, insurance companies which add no value reap huge profits. Why, exactly, should US citizens be expected to pay more for worse outcomes than those in other countries?