Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Five Facts for the Health Care Debate

1. The United States spends more money per person on health care than any other country in the world, by far.

2. The United States ranks 37th in the world in overall health system quality. (Just ahead of Slovenia and just behind Costa Rica.)

3. The top seven for-profit health insurance companies made combined profits of $12.6 billion in 2007.

4. 46 million Americans have no health insurance.

5. Americans die because they don't have health insurance.


Becky said...

Yes. This is the thing we must, must get right. Have to.

A brief anecdote from our trip. Matt had a sinus infection and we wound up going to an Aussie emergency room to get antibiotics before we went off into the South Pacific. That visit cost A$80, because we aren't members of Australia's medicare, and we were there about 2 hrs.

Last summer we had to take Laura to an ER in Virginia while we were traveling, because I was worried she had meningitis. That visit (to rule out meningitis) cost $1300. Obviously most people are not going to be able to pay that bill.

Don't get me started on what we are paying for COBRA (and getting damn little in return).

Sara said...

So much wrong. It's hard to wrap my brain around it.

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