US RATED LAST IN HEALTH CARE. Is America the worst of industrialized countries?
" In Measuring the Health of Nations: Updating an Earlier Analysis" (Health Affairs, Jan./Feb. 2008), Ellen Nolte, Ph.D., and C. Martin McKee, M.D., D.Sc., both of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, compared international rates of "amenable mortality"—that is, deaths from certain causes before age 75 that are potentially preventable with timely and effective health care. In addition to the U.S., the study included 14 Western European countries, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. According to the authors, if the U.S. had been able reduce amenable mortality to the average rate achieved by the three top-performing countries, there would have been 101,000 fewer deaths annually by the end of the study period. What is "right care?" if people are dying needlessly?
Maybe the reason this organization wants governmental control of the HC sys. is because they know it's not working?
But your first couple of paragraphs seem to be backed up by the study. Preventable deaths not being prevented. The disabled die waiting for insurance co's to hold their end of the bargan. I wonder if unitedHealth was hoping the person died before they could solve the case of