Quote: Originally Posted by SirJosephPorter
American system can work only if it is run on true private enterprise principles, if health care is truly treated like any other commodity, like a car or a vacation.
That means that if a person cannot afford to pay for the health care (through insurance or private means etc.), he doesnít get it. If that results in his death (or his childís death), so be it. Only then the totally private system that they have in USA will work.
However, when government provides catastrophic health care for free, then health care ceases to be like any other commodity, government must get involved. And government is involved, heavily in all the developed countries except USA (and the results are obvious, low life expectancy, high infant mortality in USA).
Lets not forget the high survival rates for all forms of cancer.
Study Shows U.S., Japan, and France Have Highest Cancer Survival Rates.
Cancer Survival Rates Vary by Country (external - login to view)
A STUDY in a journal, the Lancet Oncology,
compares cancer survival rates across five continents for the first time. After adjusting country data, from the 1990s, for differences in both age and death rates in the general population, Americans were found to have the best chance of survival for two of the five cancers that the reasearchers considered: breast cancer in women and prostate cancer. (Cuba had impressive survival rates, but these were probably over-estimated, say researchers). Europe lags behind America, with wide differences in survival rates, ranging from 10% for breast cancer to 34% for prostate cancer. Money appears to be an important factor: America spends a greater proportion of national income on health than the other countries.
Health care | You get what you pay for | Economist.com (external - login to view)
The American Cancer Society estimates that 93% of Americans diagnosed with stage 1 colon cancer are still alive five years after their diagnosis. The five-year survival rates for more advanced stages are as follows:
- Stage 2A: 85%
- Stage 2B: 72%
- Stage 3A: 83%
- Stage 3B: 64%
- Stage 3C: 44%
- Stage 4: 8%
Research published in the European Journal of Cancer
found that the overall five-year survival rate for colon cancer in America was 62%. Broken down by site, the colon cancer survival rate for tumors in the ascending colon was about 63%. In the transverse colon, the survival rate was about 59% and in the descending colon, the survival rate was about 66%.
Colon Cancer Survival Rates in Different Countries (external - login to view)
Why do or should we mess with this. You get what you pay for.