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Why does America have the greatest health care in the world?

I hear it all the time from my family, they constantly cite Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, they even quote from their preachers about how the U.S.A has the greatest healthcare in the world. How did this happen, did it happen because: 1. We are ranked #37 in the world by the World Health Organization while France is ranked #1? (Is it just that the World Health Organization is a c****e liberal organization that hates America?) 2. We don't have the lowest infant mortality rate in the world (that honor goes to Singapore). 3. We don't have the longest life expectancy in the world (that honor goes to Andorra, and Japan is ranked #4) 4. 750,000 Americans went abroad to seek medical treatment in one year. This phenomenon is known as "medical tourism." 5. Americans are regularly denied care when their insurers deem them "unprofitable." There are also stories of "rescission," and rationing as well as wait lists, something only other countries are accused of having. 6. Everyone comes here for medical treatment (true, many rich and famous people do come to our finest centers, but have you ever met an Australian dishwasher who came here for cancer treatment? How does that imply that "everyone" is coming here? Yes, there is excellent care to be had, but if it's limited to only the wealthiest or those lucky enough to find great jobs with benefits, how is it good overall?) 7. Several other countries have dynamic research centers and are in the vanguard of medical research (Britain, France, Germany, Japan and Israel, just to name a few). 8. Medical mishaps occur frequently in America and are reported with distressing regularity. Thousands of Americans have died from things that are preventable owing to poor sanitation, inefficiency and negligence in our hospitals. So, if this is the best, what does the worst look like? Also, for those who say that America is too big to take care of everyone, how does Japan with a large population (127.000.000) do it and we can't? Also, what good is it that no one is turned away from emergency rooms if that person couldn't get the preventative care that would have kept him from the emergency room.

Asked By: jenius - 9/8/2009
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Ok first of all the US has a population over 300 million, which is more than double that of Japan's. So don't give me that crap. Also, Japan is in a worse recession than we are and their majority party just lost power. So all is well in Japan? I think not.
Answered By: Ben - 9/8/2009
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Only as far as the government stays out.
Answered By: Randa - 9/8/2009
 
It has nothing to do with health care. It has everything to do with life style and choices.
Answered By: joe d - 9/8/2009
 
Mais oui. However, you're addressing people who think good health care runs on freedom power. Facts, and logic--these things are but inconvenient tools of the enemy.
Answered By: Sakata Gintoki - 9/8/2009
 
I can't afford healthcare, so I doubt we have the greatest healthcare in the world.
Answered By: Montreal SOS - 9/8/2009
 
Quality of care is probably some of the best you'll get in the world. But the health care SYSTEM's about as messed up as you'll get.
Answered By: Kang....or Kodos? - 9/8/2009
 
America does have the best health care in the world. The problem is, we have the worst system of paying for it. It doesn't matter how good the care is, we can't afford it anymore. It is time to bring the insurance companies to the table to compromise. If they will not, then it is time to bring them to heel.
Answered By: Michael P in NJ - 9/8/2009
 
There are great fares available to Japan right now.
Answered By: truth hurts u - 9/8/2009
 
~~sigh... More
Answered By: EssieLou - 9/8/2009
 
That's because the insurance companies do such a great job of administration. 20% of health care costs in the US go to administrative costs. Compare that with those inefficiently run government systems like France 5% or Japan 3%.
Answered By: wyldfyr - 9/8/2009
 
America doesn't have the best health care in the world. Not even close. We are 50th in life expectancy. Someone lied.
Answered By: Rico Trump - 9/8/2009
 
It's the best care in the world for some people. For the uninsured and underinsured, not even close. Single payer works in Canada and the UK; it covers everyone and it's cheaper than our system
Answered By: Charlie B - 9/8/2009
 
He's a c****e get him lynch him before he infects someone... More
Answered By: Mike - 9/8/2009
 
Right on! What most conservatives don't get is that medical care is already a tax on society by the insurance companies. People that have employee sponsored medical coverage today may contribute $1,000 to $2,000 a year for it but in 10 years, you will be paying $10,000 to $20,000 for it based on the current cost... More
Answered By: Howie - 9/8/2009
 
If you are rich, you can FIND the best healthcare in the world here. However, if you are not rich, the American system suffers from many faults. If you are poor, forget about it, we have the worst system ever.
Answered By: Colby F - 9/8/2009
 
we have the best schooling and technologies available but the implementation is among the worst. Too many hands out... More
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Answered By: PJTPA - 9/8/2009
 
Ha, thats funny, its true, but funny. Hannity can say what ever he wants to say. His viewers dont care to check on the facts. Thats why he's still in business. The media runs the Repuglicans.
Answered By: El Danny! - 9/8/2009
 
1. pls read the arbitrary criteria selected by WHO... More
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Answered By: Spock (rhp) - 9/8/2009
 
More of a comment on than an answer to your question... More
Answered By: Lorro - 9/8/2009
 
1. That statistic is bogus. Right at the top of the WHO page on that it says that it is too difficult with way to many variables for the WHO to get an accurate reading on healthcare ranking and therefore it will never do it again. As a result that statistic is outdated (it's 9 years old for crying out loud) and... More
Answered By: greenjellybean - 9/8/2009
 
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