Impact on U.S. Public Healthcare System

CW11.com Reports on Failing US Healthcare System as Follows:

"Failing US Healthcare Grades!"

"A new report released last week on the state of U.S. Healthcare system barely gives it on the whole a passing grade.

Why is such an advanced and wealthy country so bad off in this respect?

The fact is the United States spends more on healthcare than any other country in the world.

These are our tax dollars, our hard earned health benefits at work.

And many would say we are not getting what we’re paying for.

So, if you were to grade our healthcare system, what would YOU GIVE IT? One person named Danny says. “I would probably give it a D. I think we are one of the best countries in the world and we deserve better.”

And that is exactly what a commission evaluating the performance of our healthcare system gave it: a barely passing grade of d. The really big goal to fix this grade: gets care and is treated equally. Something Sherette here, who has asthma, would love to see.

Sherette says , “I don’t have health care now me because i can’t pay for it.”

However, 46 million Americans are uninsured. That’s 16 percent of the population.

“The only way to end that is to make sure that healthcare is affordable by guaranteeing every American affordable healthcare. Everyone in America needs to have health insurance and that is what this report is telling us,” says Diane Archer, Found and Past President of the Medicare Rights Center.

Whatever the system, something needs to be changed. It’s sloppy when it comes to patient care: for example, only half of heart failure patients get written hospital discharge instructions. The result: the U.S. is at the bottom among industrialized coutnries for life expectancy.

“We have more of a model focused on disease instead of wellness and patient. I think focusing more on patients and wellness so that we can do better scores on things like infant mortality or for end of life care or immunization or screening,” says Dr. Michael Raffinan of Long Island College He says it’s also the worst when it comes to infant mortality.

“We are not taking care of the pregnant women and we’re not taking care of the women even before they are pregnant,” says Dr. Ruffinan.

Some folks from the u.k. are happy with their socialized medicine. “You can’t pay for better treatment. The basic care is free for everyone.”

The problems go on: duplicative and costly oversight systems. Horrible medical records systems. And high rates of preventable hospital admissions.

“There are countries that have free healthcare you know and this is suppose to be the wealthiest strongest country on the planet, what happened,,” asks Sherette.”

At least we are starting to recognize there’s a problem in need of fixing.
16 percent of our gross domestic product is devoted to healthcare, compared to the 10 percent or less number in other industrialized nations.
this survey was carried out by 18 academic and private sector health care leaders, who rated our health care system on 37 different measures. "

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