Aren't these things a testament to the greatness of American health care?

Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, UPenn School of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Massachusetts General, Mayo Clinic, The Cleveland Clinic, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Eli Lilly, Bristol-Meyers Squibb and many more.

I'd like to see Canada, France, Germany and the United Kingdom compete with all of that.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    And the facts are what then?

    FACT - Insurance companies in the USA admit to pushing up prices, buying politicians and not paying out claims when they should [a]

    FACT - PER PERSON the USA spends more on healthcare than any other nation on the planet [b]

    FACT - Obama debated his plans before the election for healthcare [c]

    FACT - the chance of a child under five of dying in the USA is greater than industrialised nations with universal health coverage [d]

    FACT - Obama was elected by the American people to bring in change [e]

    FACT - Obama wants to stop insurance companies screwing the American people [f]

    FACT - The reforms Obama wants work in the Netherlands and in Switzerland [g]

    If anyone can prove the facts above are wrong, e-mail me and let me know.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I know, and they still have 100% coverage, a lower infant mortality rate, much more success with cancer treatment and terminal illness treatment at half the cost and more doctors per capita than we do. I think you have a bit of an inferiority complex. We aren't trying to compete with Europe. We just want to imorve an already somewhat decent health system so it is more efficeint, and we find we can learn something from those nations that have already done it. We aren't looking at Europe because we're in some kind of competition. And WHAT is this incessant preoccupation with credentials? By the way, all of those institutions receive massive amounts of grants and subsidies from the government to be great. Take away all their incentives for research and development and we'll just see if the market will invest in products that are mre expensive to develop than the profits they will generate. So you can than university studies and taxes and people distributed resources to these institutions for their success.

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  • 1 decade ago

    There are good hospitals and medical schools in those countries too. In the UK alone University College London, Oxford University, Cambridge University and Nottingham University are all world reknowned. Sweden's Karolinska Institute, Canada's University of Toronto and McGill University, Holland's Leiden University and University of Amsterdam, Germany's University of Munich, Italy's University of Milan, Switzerland's University of Basel and University of Zurich are likewise.

    Merck and Co was actually founded out of confiscated assets from Merck KGaA. It is originally a German company founded in 1668.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merck_KGaA

    And regarding impressive pharmaceutical companies Bayer, Roche, Glaxo SmithKline, Sanofi-Aventis, Novartis and AstraZeneca all spring to mind.

    And yet we have the highest child mortality, lowest life expectancy and lowest healthy life expectancy in the developed world not to mention half of all personal bankruptcies caused by medical costs. That is what you call great?

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  • 1 decade ago

    As a former clinical data analyst who has worked here in the US and abroad, I can tell you that all pharmaceutical safety and regulatory agencies the world over use study designs and data structures based on US practice. While there is a degree of global interdependence in drug, surgical and medical device technology, the United States by far originates most new drugs, new medical devices, new diagnostic tests and equipment and new surgical techniques.

    Face it, "health care reform" has failed to address the insurance companies' profiteering at American insureds' expense. And much of this has been because the people of the Democratic Party have locked the rest of us out of the decision-making process in reforming health care. In the process, the insurance industry will benefit from this new health care bill to the extent that Howard Dean has protested that it is a bailout of that industry masquerading as health care reform.

    This goes back to Bg Business's purchase of the Obama campaign (and health care plan architect Max Baucus for $6 million in contriubutions from the insurance industry).

    To quote Pam Martens of Counterpunch magazine (back in March, 2008):

    "We are asked to believe that those white executives at all the biggest Wall Street firms, which rank in the top 20 donors to the Obama presidential campaign, after failing to achieve more than 3.5 per cent black stockbrokers over 30 years, now want a black populist president because they crave a level playing field for the American people.

    The number one industry supporting the Obama presidential bid, according to the widely respected, nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, is "lawyers/law firms" (most on Wall Street's payroll), giving a total of $11,246,596. They say:

    "Other leading presidential candidates are taking money from lawyers/law firms/lobbyists, but Senator Obama is the only one rallying with the populist cry that he isn't."

    This presents three unique credibility problems for the yes-we-can, little-choo-choo-that-could campaign: (1) these are not just "lawyers/law firms"; the vast majority of these firms are also registered lobbyists at the Federal level; (2) Senator Obama has made it a core tenet of his campaign platform that the way he is gong to bring the country hope and change is not taking money from federal lobbyists; and (3) with the past seven ignoble years of lies and distortions fresh in the minds of voters, building a candidacy based on half-truths is not a sustainable strategy to secure the west wing from the right wing.

    Yes, the other leading presidential candidates are taking money from lawyers/law firms/lobbyists, but Senator Obama is the only one rallying with the populist cry that he isn't. That makes it not only a legitimate but a necessary line of inquiry....

    ...Why do Wall Street and the corporate law firms think they will find a President Obama to be accommodating? As the Black Agenda Report notes, "Evidently, the giant insurance companies, the airlines, oil companies, Wall Street, military contractors and others had closely examined and vetted Barack Obama and found him pleasing."

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    45 million without health insurance. 45000 deaths annually. thousands bankrupt due to medical expenses even though they had health insurance.

    Some of the best reconstructive plastic surgery institutions are located in the United Kingdom. Karolinska is one of the finest research institutions in the world. As for the pharma corporations you cite I admit they have a great talent and expertize in robbing the public.

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  • 1 decade ago

    No, they are not.

    Some are testaments to American education.

    The rest are testaments to American capitalism, which places more value on profits than on health.

    Actually, some of the best medical universities in the world are in Mexico.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Listen carefully, healthcare should NOT be a for profit system. Insurance companies, pharmacies, hospitals, and medical providers should not profit over sick and diseased people. All people should be able to have healthcare without cost.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Sure.

    Why not?

    Look in the real world.

    Decode this lyrics " You'll see "

    "Wonderful world"

    When the sick is really sick?

    The emergency medical team will be there first with the stretcher for the casualty?

    In saving live?

    Luke 21.30-36

    Luke 24.44-45,47-48

    What do you think?

    Source(s): decoded from the missing x-files.
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  • 1 decade ago

    No, they're a testament to the greatness of American medical education.

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  • Green
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    1 decade ago

    We have the best healthcare in the world, it is a shame that our insurance companies suck *** though.

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