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Sunday, November 4, 2007

10 Reasons why American Health Care is so Bad

I don't know if this only applies to the US. Other countries have their health care troubles as well. In The Netherlands health care has to become market oriented, the US is an example to some of our politicians. God help us. Next year we will have a kind of managed care system called DBC (diagnosis treatment combination). A lot of forms to fill in.

3. Our wait times are low because many of us aren't getting care at all. It's true, Americans do have short waits for non-elective surgeries. Only 4 percent of us wait more than six months. That's more than in Germany and the Netherlands, but considerably less than the Canadians (14 percent) or the Britons (15 percent). But our high performance on the waiting times only account for individuals who get the care they need. Our advantage dissipates when you see the next question, which asks how many patients skip care due to cost. And here, America is far worse than anywhere else.

From The American Prospect

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