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Grag

Interesting facts, especially due to the fact that the United States health care still rates below all those that you mentioned. Anyone that read the World Health Organization ratings of the health care systems in the world could of easily seen that.

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By the way here is another fact that you failed to mention. Babies born in the United States are three times more likely to die in their first month as children born in Japan, and newborn mortality is 2.5 times higher in the United States than in Finland, Iceland or Norway. Only Latvia, with six deaths per 1,000 live births, has a higher death rate for newborns than the United States, which is tied near the bottom of industrialized nations with Hungary, Malta, Poland and Slovakia with five deaths per 1,000 births. While the United States has more neonatologists and neonatal intensive care beds per person than Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. The newborn death rate in the United States is higher than any of those countries. Somehow I don't think you counted on that one when you were looking into this subject.

Here are a few other points you neglected to mention about our health care system versus the one's you just slammed.

• The U.S. spends more than 3 times what France does administering health insurance, as a percentage of overall medical spending.

• One-third of American adults have outstanding medical debt.

• Prescription drugs in the U.S. cost 30% to 60% more than the exact same medication sold anywhere else in the industrialized world.

• Almost 1/3 of every health care dollar goes to CEO’s, stockholders, marketing, duplicative claim processing, and insurance companies generally fighting patient claims. This compares to just 3.2% overhead costs for U.S. Medicare, a single payer system that virtually all seniors agree should be maintained.

• 18,000 Americans die every year because they lack health insurance.

• Every year, some 1.6 million Americans file for personal bankruptcy 50% of all personal bankruptcies are the result of illness or medical bills.

• In the last two years, for example, 51 percent of Americans surveyed did not fill a prescription or visit a doctor for a known medical issue because of cost.

People in Canada, and France are not going bankrupt over medical bills and issues, a point you seemed to miss. Also people in this countries are also not skipping seeing the doctor due to the high rate of health care, another point that failed to be mentioned.

What about the business sector, here is another avenue that was not mentioned. In the last few years Toyota has decided to build more plants in Canada rather than United States due to the lower costs of health care there. Health care cost are a major problem that many of our businesses are facing in this growing global environment. Our high health care cost put American businesses in a competitive disadvantage. Again another point you failed to count on.

Shannon

Well, I'm from Canada. And let me tell you, NOBODY up here prefers your system to ours.

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