Sunday, August 02, 2009

10 Reasons the Government Should Take Over Health Care (NOT)

1. Americans have better survival rates than Europeans for common
cancers. Breast cancer mortality is 52 percent higher in Germany than
in the United States and 88 percent higher in the United Kingdom.
Prostate cancer mortality is 604 percent higher in the United Kingdom
and 457 percent higher in Norway. The mortality rate for colorectal
cancer among British men and women is about 40 percent higher.

2. Americans have lower cancer mortality rates than Canadians. Breast
cancer mortality in Canada is 9 percent higher than in the United
States, prostate cancer is 184 percent higher, and colon cancer among
men is about 10 percent higher.

3. Americans have better access to treatment for chronic diseases than
patients in other developed countries. Some 56 percent of Americans
who could benefit from statin drugs, which reduce cholesterol and
protect against heart disease, are taking them. By comparison, of
those patients who could benefit from these drugs, only 36 percent of
the Dutch, 29 percent of the Swiss, 26 percent of Germans, 23 percent
of Britons, and 17 percent of Italians receive them.

4. Americans have better access to preventive cancer screening than
Canadians. Take the proportion of the appropriate-age population
groups who have received recommended tests for breast, cervical,
prostate, and colon cancer:

Nine out of ten middle-aged American women (89 percent) have had a
mammogram, compared to fewer than three-fourths of Canadians (72
percent).

Nearly all American women (96 percent) have had a Pap smear, compared
to fewer than 90 percent of Canadians.

More than half of American men (54 percent) have had a
prostatespecific antigen (PSA) test, compared to fewer than one in six
Canadians (16 percent).

Nearly one-third of Americans (30 percent) have had a colonoscopy,
compared with fewer than one in twenty Canadians (5 percent). 5.
Lower-income Americans are in better health than comparable Canadians.
Twice as many American seniors with below-median incomes self-report
“excellent” health (11.7 percent) compared to Canadian seniors (5.8
percent). Conversely, white, young Canadian adults with below-median
incomes are 20 percent more likely than lower-income Americans to
describe their health as “fair or poor.”

6. Americans spend less time waiting for care than patients in Canada
and the United Kingdom. Canadian and British patients wait about twice
as long—sometimes more than a year—to see a specialist, have elective
surgery such as hip replacements, or get radiation treatment for
cancer. All told, 827,429 people are waiting for some type of
procedure in Canada. In Britain, nearly 1.8 million people are waiting
for a hospital admission or outpatient treatment.

7. People in countries with more government control of health care are
highly dissatisfied and believe reform is needed. More than 70 percent
of German, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, and British adults say
their health system needs either “fundamental change” or “complete
rebuilding.”

8. Americans are more satisfied with the care they receive than
Canadians. When asked about their own health care instead of the
“health care system,” more than half of Americans (51.3 percent) are
very satisfied with their health care services, compared with only
41.5 percent of Canadians; a lower proportion of Americans are
dissatisfied (6.8 percent) than Canadians (8.5 percent).

9. Americans have better access to important new technologies such as
medical imaging than do patients in Canada or Britain. An overwhelming
majority of leading American physicians identify computerized
tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the most
important medical innovations for improving patient care during the
previous decade—even as economists and policy makers unfamiliar with
actual medical practice decry these techniques as wasteful. The United
States has thirty-four CT scanners per million Americans, compared to
twelve in Canada and eight in Britain. The United States has almost
twenty-seven MRI machines per million people compared to about six per
million in Canada and Britain.

10. Americans are responsible for the vast majority of all health care
innovations. The top five U.S. hospitals conduct more clinical trials
than all the hospitals in any other developed country. Since the mid-
1970s, the Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology has gone to U.S.
residents more often than recipients from all other countries
combined. In only five of the past thirty-four years did a scientist
living in the United States not win or share in the prize. Most
important recent medical innovations were developed in the United
States.

http://www.hoover.org/publications/digest/49525427.html


All this means people live longer. The older people get, the more
health care costs and the more social security they suck out of
government. This diverts money away from dimorat special interests,
the POOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOR with it's own network of social workers and
other bureaucrats and union giveaways. So the government bureaucrats,
neo-commie socialists all, want to ration health care and knock 10-15
years off how long people live. That means there will be more money
for hair-brained "research" projects, non-compete contracts for
contributors and more power for them. SO if you are
poooooooooooooooooor, a social worker, member of a union or under 25,
this health care takeover will benefit you, at least for a few years.
If you are over 40, have a medical condition or just don't want a
central planner in DC to have control over YOUR healh care, you had
best fight this nightmare.

If you still don't understand what it means, get the movie "Logan's
Run
". That is our future.

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