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Why We Need Universal Health Coverage

I am disgusted by the frequency of the statement: “Universal Coverage… We can’t do that… That would be Communist!”
As opposed to falling back to arguments relating to the Cold War (although Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin would be happy to re-engage past behavior) how about we look at EVERY OTHER INDUSTRIALIZED NATION IN THE WORLD and compare their health care financing strategy and health outcomes to ours. You see: We stand alone in the World. We are the only industrialized nation that refused to believe that the math of population health science (simple arithmetic) forces civilized nations to pool money and spread it across the entire population of infants, children, young adults, middle aged adults, young-old adults and old-old adults to bring the average cost of health care down to an affordable per-capita rate.
Here are the data from the 2016 OECD Report. You have heard of these folks haven’t you? They met in KOBE in 2016 to discuss global health.

The Study

How these countries finance healthcare

Nothing is different. The older you are, the more health care services you consume.

How long ago each country embraced Universal Coverage

Yes, the more you spend on health care the longer you live. But why is America so expensive?

The more you spend out of pocket the shorter your life span. The more Primary Care Doctors you have per unit of population the longer you live!

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  1. Jim Smith

     /  December 29, 2017

    Thanks for the info Jeff. Hope you are well and have a happy new year.

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