As I mentioned last week, the U.S. healthcare system invests a lot of money in end-of-life care. Actually, the U.S. invests so much, the healthcare system is the most expensive in the world.
Now, it might be okay for the U.S. to be spending like crazy on healthcare if that meant that it DELIVERED the best care to its citizens. But it does not. According to the recently released Mirror, Mirror study by The Commonwealth Fund, the U.S. healthcare system ranks last when compared to six other developed nations.
Now, some people may wonder how this can be possible. I don’t know. The “desire to cure death” argument is fairly persuasive. Other interesting possibilities I found this week:
- Nurse Nellie Munn, from Children’s Hospitals and Clinics in Minnesota thinks efficiency has no place in the hospital. Why be “lean?” More is obviously better. I’m sure Nurse Nellie is not the only one who holds this belief.
- The U.S. healthcare system is based on misinformation. Think the government had a hands-off approach to healthcare before “socialist” Obama came along? Think again.
Well, I guess the problem is people haven’t been thinking again. Or even a first time.
As long as healthcare is such an irrationally partisan issue, “facts” will have little place in the debate. At least when it comes to healthcare, the U.S. is the best loser.