Why Ruin The Best Health Care System In The World?

 

 Are you ready for President Obama’s Nationalized Health Care?   Get prepared for a rapid deterioration in the quality and availability of health care if his plans successfully make it through Congress.  

An Op-Ed in Investors Business Daily today, entitled  “How U.S. Health Care Really Stacks Up”, sheds the light on the realities of nationalized health care in comparison to our current system.  

The National Center for Policy Analysis has published a study, "10 Surprising Facts About American Health Care," that shows how Americans get something for the extra dollars they lay out. To wit:  

• "Americans have better survival rates than Europeans for common cancers." Breast cancer mortality: 52% higher in Germany and 88% higher in the United Kingdom than in the U.S. Prostate cancer mortality: 604% higher in the U.K., 457% higher in Norway. Colo-rectal cancer mortality: 40% higher among Britons.  

• "Americans have lower cancer mortality rates than Canadians." Rates for breast cancer (9%), prostate cancer (184%) and colon cancer among men (10%) are higher than in the U.S.  

• "Americans have better access to treatment of chronic diseases than patients in other developed countries." Roughly 56% of Americans who could benefit are taking statin drugs. Only 36% of the Dutch, 29% of the Swiss, 26% of Germans, 23% of Britons and 17% of Italians who could benefit receive them.

I can personally attest to the problems that the Dutch have, as my wife is from the Netherlands.  Her mother suffered from cardiac arterial blockage.  After a successful angioplasty and stent implant she was placed on the statin Plavix.  Three months later she went to refill the prescription and was told by the pharmicist that more than 90 days was not authorized by the government and to take an aspirin instead.  She was fortunate to have a very persistent cardiologist and was able to be approved for further use of the drug.   Others as noted above are not as fortunate.  

• "Americans have better access to preventive cancer screenings than Canadians." Nine of 10 middle-aged American women have had a mammogram; 72% of Canadian women have. Almost every American woman (96%) has had a pap smear; fewer than 90% of Canadian women have. Roughly 54% of American men have had a prostate cancer test; fewer than one in six Canadian men have. Almost a third of Americans (30%) have had a colonoscopy; only 5% of Canadians have had the procedure.  

• "Americans spend less time waiting for care than patients in Canada and the United Kingdom." Canadians and Britons wait about twice as long, sometimes more than a year, to see a specialist, have elective surgery or get radiation treatment.  

• "People in countries with more government control of health care are highly dissatisfied and believe reform is needed." More than seven in 10 Germans, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders and Britons say their health systems need either "fundamental change" or "complete rebuilding."

Perhaps a look at our very own government run heath care system, The Veterans Administration, can shed light on what happens when a bloated bureaucracy takes charge of health care.  

Via Bloomberg.com:  

March 19 (Bloomberg) — More than 2,000 people may have been put at risk of AIDS and hepatitis by sharing insulin pens and cartridges in two Army hospitals, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.  

The FDA posted a warning today against sharing the disposable insulin shots after the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, last month said 2,114 diabetic patients may be at risk “as a result of incorrect procedures.”

The sharing occurred from 2007-2009, the FDA said in a statement issued today…  …“They were changing pens and weren’t following the manufacturer’s procedures,” said Clarence Davis III, a spokesman for the hospital, today in a telephone interview. “There is an ongoing investigation to determine how it happened. It wasn’t cost-cutting.”

Two full years passed before the procedures were corrected and thousands of patients were put at risk.  

Our system isn’t perfect, but why emulate those systems which are much worse?

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