Sunday, 30 August 2009

the American health care system does not exist

"In many ways, foreign health-care models are not really "foreign" to America, because our crazy-quilt health-care system uses elements of all of them. For Native Americans or veterans, we're Britain: The government provides health care, funding it through general taxes, and patients get no bills. For people who get insurance through their jobs, we're Germany: Premiums are split between workers and employers, and private insurance plans pay private doctors and hospitals. For people over 65, we're Canada: Everyone pays premiums for an insurance plan run by the government, and the public plan pays private doctors and hospitals according to a set fee schedule. And for the tens of millions without insurance coverage, we're Burundi or Burma: In the world's poor nations, sick people pay out of pocket for medical care; those who can't pay stay sick or die."

Washington Post, 5 Myths About Health Care Around the World

Also interesting - and related inasmuch as it tries to explain why people continue to believe in patent untruths about the Obama health plan, but interesting just for the mechanisms it mentions - is the Newsweek article Why We Believe Lies, Even When We Learn The Truth.

1 comment:

Stash said...

"the American health care system does not exist"

well, not on this planet anyway...