U.S. Paying Through the Nose for Poor Quality Health Care
August 07, 2008
American medical care is the most expensive in the world, and it is definitely not worth every penny. A recent study by the Commonwealth Fund highlights the stark contrast between what the United States spends on its health system and the quality of care it delivers.
The report shows that the United States spends more than twice as much on each person for health care as most other industrialized countries. But it has fallen to last place among those countries in preventing avoidable deaths through use of timely and effective medical care.
The latest American Human Development Index by the Social Science Research Board also reveals shocking results: the U.S. ranks 42nd in global life expectancy, and 34th in survival of infants.
Additionally, a 30- year gap now exists in the average life expectancy between Mississippi, in the Deep South, and Connecticut, in prosperous New England.
Huge disparities have also opened up in income, health and education depending on where people live in the US, according to the report.
These findings are likely to provide supporting evidence for the notion that the nation’s health care system needs to be fixed.