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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 4:02 pm 
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France is healthcare leader, US comes dead last: study

France is tops, and the United States dead last, in providing timely and effective healthcare to its citizens, according to a survey Tuesday of preventable deaths in 19 industrialized countries.

The study by the Commonwealth Fund and published in the January/February issue of the journal Health Affairs measured developed countries' effectiveness at providing timely and effective healthcare.

The study, entitled "Measuring the Health of Nations: Updating an Earlier Analysis," was written by researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. It looked at death rates in subjects younger than 75 that could have been prevented by timely and effective medical care.

White the United States ranked 15th of 19 between 1997-98, by 2002-03 it had fallen to last place.

"It is notable that all countries have improved substantially except the US," said Ellen Nolte, lead author of the study.

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The Commonwealth Fund says:
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Health spending in the United States is projected to increase from 16 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2006 to 20 percent in 2016—from $2 trillion to $4 trillion in 10 years. At the same time, the number of people who are uninsured is rising sharply, including a growing proportion of middle-income families. While rising costs are putting all sectors of the economy at risk, the nation lacks a concrete, realistic plan for adopting a different approach that could achieve savings and improve value.


Sometimes it feels like stats like that have the implication of a country imploding on itself.

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fascist corporate health care is never in the best interests of patients.

it serves the greed of thier masters who are ruled by the god they bow down and worship faithfully.

money.

the corporate bottomline is why our nation with the largest resources in the world is not ranked anywhere near the top in health care.

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I ran across this and thought others might be interested:

While President Bush says, "A government-run health care system is the wrong prescription" (for America) he made sure that Iraq would get one. Article 30, Paragraph 1 of the new Iraqi constitution - -which the United States helped write - - says, "The state guarantees social and health insurance, the basics for a free and honorable life for the individual and the family. . . ."

http://americanhealthcarereform.org/

Something to keep in mind next time some wingnut starts screaming about the danger of socialized medicine.

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