US healthcare ranked worst among wealthy nations

The Commonwealth Fund

By THOMAS REICH | JUL 19, 2018

I know this sounds horrible, but I honestly don't know if I should be angry about this fact or happy about how right we've been all along and how wrong conservatives have been.


No, I am actually very fucking angry.


According to a study conducted by the Commonwealth Fund, the US healthcare system ranked last overall out of 11 wealthy nations, while the UK's healthcare (NHS) ranked top overall.


"We measured performance quality across five domains, and the USA fell short in all five," said Eric Schneider, senior vice president for policy and research at the Commonwealth Fund. (He is also a doctor.)


Out of five metrics, other countries are kicking our ass.


I've heard a lot of pathetic excuses for why we shouldn't adopt a single-payer system, and one of them is that the government sucks at everything and will lower the quality of healthcare.


Let me dispel this notion.


It makes sense for certain industries to be in the private sector. It also makes sense to keep free market capitalists far, far away from certain industries.


Healthcare is one of those industries, and we have clear evidence.


Every other wealthy nation has single-payer healthcare, and not only is it free and universally accessible, but it's far better than our for-profit healthcare system.


The Right has kept us from adopting single-payer, which would not only be free and accessible, save people from bankruptcy, save tens of thousands of lives, and save us anywhere from $2-$17 trillion, but would also be empirically higher quality than our current system.


They want to keep us from joining the rest of the modern industrial world.


They think that your life as an average American citizen is worth far less than that of a corporatist, politician, celebrity, or soldier.


They think that if you cannot afford lifesaving healthcare, you are by definition lazy, and you deserve to die.


And then they try to make you seem like the radical.

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