The Daily Scoop: Costly U.S. health system delivers uneven care: OECD

An illuminating study examining the costs within the US health care system versus the quality of care received. It will be interesting to see how Congress will reconcile this report’s findings with the calls to repeal the Affordable Care Act given the reform’s effort to address those very issues the study finds lacking in the current system.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. healthcare system is more effective at delivering high costs than quality care, according to a new study that found first-rate treatment for cancer but insufficient primary care for other ailments.

The study, released on Wednesday by the 34-nation Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, or OECD, said Americans pay more than $7,900 per person for healthcare each year — far more than any other OECD country — but still die earlier than their peers in the industrialized world.
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4 Comments to “The Daily Scoop: Costly U.S. health system delivers uneven care: OECD”

  1. You have touched on an important point.

    At least according to Reuters, the United States is far better at spending money to deliver health care than it is at delivering effective health care.

    Hopefully that will change.

  2. When a political philosophy consists of nothing more than “no taxes” it is very difficult to imagine anything other than a conversation derived from, but not about, our real common civic life.

    When a Public Option, let alone a Single Payer, became subversive of the Life, Liberty, and Pusuit of Happiness to which the (rebel) founders of this country pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor (“mutually…to each other” mind you, i.e. pooling not protecting inviolable their resources), Congress simply abdicated its authority to capital.

    But I am hopeful as well.

    Anytime a privately insured American fills a prescription for $5.00 and bothers to reflect their uninsured neighbor would have to pay $65.00, or pays $800.00 for a procedure that would generate a $6,500.00 bill for their uninsured neighbor, they know at least how stressful if not ugly life must be for their neighbor, how fortunate they are and how just as deserving are their neighbors, how precarious employer-based insurance really is, and what a social good health care is.

    And they have to know, no matter how many wealth gospel bromides they hear every day from the press, the pulpit, and the politicians, it does not in fact have to be that way.

    • That is one thing that has come out of this entire debate which is truly astounding to me… the apathy for those who are uninsured. When those opposed to the reform are able to convince themselves that “health care is a luxury” or believe it is better to simply “let them die” we have to realize the disturbing level particular, influential segments of society have of reached.

      When did it become such a freedom/liberty-draining venture to increase access to basic health care for millions of our fellow citizens and neighbors?

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