10 Reasons that American Health Care is best

If you listen to proponents of a Socialist Health Care system in America you might get the impression that people are dying in the streets after going without health care.  Contrary to that propaganda, the picture that these statists paint is as fictional as their credulous view of the situation in countries that have already adopted their desired government takeover of their health care systems.

The Hoover Institution of Stanford University issued an essay outlining the Ten reasons why America’s health care system is in better condition than you might suppose.

Read the whole story for their explanations, but they argue that:

Americans have better survival rates than Europeans for common cancers.

Americans have lower cancer mortality rates than Canadians.

Americans have better access to treatment for chronic diseases than patients in other developed countries.

Americans have better access to preventive cancer screening than Canadians.

Lower-income Americans are in better health than comparable Canadians.

Americans spend less time waiting for care than patients in Canada and the United Kingdom.

People in countries with more government control of health care are highly dissatisfied and believe reform is needed.

Americans are more satisfied with the care they receive than Canadians.

Americans have better access to important new technologies such as medical imaging than do patients in Canada or Britain.

Americans are responsible for the vast majority of all health care innovations.

I would argue that the last point is huge.  The incredible innovations will be a thing of the past when Big Brother is in charge.  If you think that your health care sucks now just wait until the government gets its destructive tendrils into it for a few years.

3 responses to “10 Reasons that American Health Care is best

  1. This post has been linked for the HOT5 Daily 8/7/2009, at The Unreligious Right

  2. I think you should take the time to look at the references for the 10 points.

    Personally, I found something seemed a bit amiss in the list. Lots of the points were about cancer, as if the writer could not find 10 different points but had to use one point over and over.

    And the writer is constantly comparing the US to different countries, Canada, Germany, UK…never to any international average, and not consistently to any specific country.

    Any system can look good if you get to pick ten single points and compare each to one to a country of your choice. That doesn’t mean its good, it just means you can find ten points where its not dead last.

    So I looked up the references. Surprise.

    Most are not actual research, but papers produced by rightwing think tanks. The ones that I looked up that are actual research -concluded exactly the opposite of what the author claimed!

    Here is something from the comments to the survey referenced as support for point 7 (The study itself found that people in the US were far more dissatisfied with their system than any other nation, and the greater goverment control systems were less dissatisfied)

    One expert said the survey revealed — once again — the shortcomings of the U.S. health-care system.
    “Comparing the U.S. health-care system to other industrialized countries is not for the faint of heart. The deficiencies in the U.S. system are painfully evident in every such study, and this one is no exception,” said Dr. David Katz, director of Yale University School of Medicine’s Prevention Research Center. “We manage to spend more on less efficient health care than any country in the world.”

    That is not something I picked out from the net at random -that is what the survey the author uses to support his point resulted in.

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