Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Dutch health care system rated best; US worst

A new report shows that the Dutch are most satisfied with their health care system, while Americans are the least satisfied.

From the article:

The U.S. model, widely criticized on its combination of private insurance and publicly-funded programs, spends more on health care than any other nation worldwide but ranks low on overall quality of care, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

A World Health Organization study in 2000 rated France as having the best overall health care system in the world, while the United States languished in 37th place.

Both France and the Netherlands have a universal health care system. In fact, the United States, which, again, ranked 37th in the WHO study, is the only industrialized country in the world without a system of universal health care.

Think about how insane that is. We spend more on health care than any other nation in the world, but we can't provide universal coverage to our citizens.

This new report reinforces the notion that universal health care is a pretty damned good way to keep a population happy and healthy, and our complicated, convoluted system of for-profit health insurance is just a bureaucratic nightmare.