June 16, 2009

Health Care Facts vs. John McCain's Fiction

The United States ranked last in terms of efficiency among five other nations with universal health care, according to a Common Wealth study. The government-run health care system in Great Britain ranked first.

Compared with five other nations — Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, the United Kingdom — the U.S. health care system ranks last or next-to-last on five dimensions of a high performance health system: quality, access, efficiency, equity, and healthy lives.

Efficiency: On indicators of efficiency, the U.S. ranks last among the six countries, with the U.K. and New Zealand ranking first and second, respectively. The U.S. has poor performance on measures of national health expenditures and administrative costs as well as on measures of the use of information technology and multidisciplinary teams. Also, of sicker respondents who visited the emergency room, those in Germany and New Zealand are less likely to have done so for a condition that could have been treated by a regular doctor, had one been available.

John McCain never did let the facts get in the way of his arguments. Am I the only villager who feels blessed that McCain is not currently living in the White House? Check him out as he talks nonsense about health care reform in the United States:

I'm looking for feedback. Share your village voice with us on the issue of health care reform. What are you thinking as you listen to McCain, Obama and others?


Anonymous said...


LIke my wife said to me today on the drive home from work, isn't it funny how right-wing politicians like McCain are suposedly so afraid of having 'Big Government' interfering in our health care system, yet they have no complaints whatsoever about that very same Big Bad Government when it 'interferes' with their health care that they reserve for them and theirs. Suddenly government isn't so bad when it's helping them out is it?

All Obama wants is to balance things out, to make government work for all of us, not just the few and the lucky. And the very thought of such equality is absolutely terrifying to the (ain't never been) Right Wing.

Them's my two cents.

Villager said...

Keith - Your wife makes a good point!! Hopefully we can make a quantum leap with health care reform this summer...