by Ironwood @, Friday, April 09, 2021, 22:54 (33 days ago) @ jay
edited by Ironwood, Saturday, April 10, 2021, 02:31

the US still has an embarrassingly second-rate healthcare system

I would quibble with this: the US healthcare system is as good as any in the world. It's the health insurance system that is second-rate. I think that's an important distinction.

I don't see how you can reasonably separate the two. And on many of the factors used by those who measure such things:infant mortality, life expectancy, i.e. outcomes.....and cost, for example......the US is well down the list when compared to most western democracies. Do the wealthy in the USA get world-class medical care? They sure do. Do those fortunate to be working for enlightened employers providing decent healthcare plans get decent healthcare? Sure. Are tens of millions of Americans one illness or one accident away from financial ruin? You bet. So, how do you rate the success or efficacy of national healthcare policies and outcomes?

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