Health spending as a share of GDP
Public spending on healthcare (% of total spending on healthcare)
Health spending per head
Practising physicians (per 1,000 people)
Nurses (per 1,000 people)
Acute care hospital beds (per 1,000 people)
Infant mortality (per 1,000 live births)
Source: WHO/OECD Health Data 2009
I wish so many in the US populace were not so myopic, when it comes to concepts, ideas, and initiatives born outside their immediate comfort zone. It's frankly embarrassing. Here's an article from a leading UK paper, showing us just how broken our system is, and how sorely in need of attention...are we to assume that the concept of "free enterprise" requires that we expect private charities to take care of the millions in need of medical care, but too poor to afford it? Is this country really become as selfish and greed-filled as the rest of the world accuses?
I pray we still have the time and the inclination to prove to the world that the United States is still a nation which believes "...that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness". How can we justly pursue happiness when in just two days, in one building, "...more than 1,500 men, women and children received free treatments worth $503,000 (£304,000). Thirty dentists pulled 471 teeth; 320 people were given standard issue spectacles; 80 had mammograms; dozens more had acupuncture, or saw kidney specialists", and all due to the care of a private charity. Is our healthcare system now delegated to "the kindness of strangers"? How medieval.
The Declaration of Independence also states clearly that this nation is supposed to be one founded "on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness".
Until this past week, tens of thousands of people in one part of one city felt anything BUT safe or happy, and it was all due to the lack of a workable health care system. Let's not be snobs and claim that the more than 10,000 people that will have been treated in Inglewood, California by Tuesday are all drug addicts, potheads, alcoholics, indigents, and the like. We know this is not the case. These are working people, trapped under the weight of a broken system. That system is the very thing that President Obama's administration is trying to fix. Why are so many people against this? What are they really opposing?
Be honest. Look over the facts, and not the rumors. Review the reality, and not the propaganda. Base your position on conclusions borne of truth. If you can TRULY say you have done this much, and you STILL vociferously oppose any Health Care Insurance Reform, I want to understand your reasoning.
If you are not actually opposed to reform, but are simply opposed to the proposed reforms, then offer up some viable alternatives, that are achievable from a fiscal, operational and political perspective. Tempus fugit, and we are held in its claws. Whether we soar high or are dropped against the rocks of our petty political and cultural differences, remains to be seen.