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Thursday, July 22, 2021

While the U.K. races ahead treating patients suffering from the long-term effects of Covid-19, the U.S. is falling behind as a result of its decentralized health care system.

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..."Long Covid" -- which surfaced after the first wave in spring 2020 -- is estimated to afflict nearly a quarter of all patients, with symptoms such as chronic fatigue, muscle aches and brain fog persisting for weeks or even months.

Absent national oversight, U.S. scientists studying and treating the post-viral syndrome have been operating in silos. Hospital systems, clinics and insurers have inconsistent patient records, which poses a daunting task for those trying to find data on long Covid, much less draw conclusions from it. Clinicians have developed treatments largely in isolation, and while 42 states have at least one long Covid clinic, those are primarily concentrated in urban areas. Not until June did the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issue guidance on long Covid, and though national studies are finally underway, standardized treatment won't come soon.

The U.K., meanwhile, has been collecting data and standardizing treatment since late 2020, setting up 83 long Covid clinics that use the same guidelines for care. Building on the country's previous efforts, which include prevalence estimates and studies targeting hospitalizations after acute Covid, the U.K.'s National Institute for Health Research said Sunday that $27.5 million will go to 15 studies analyzing the causes and physical and mental impacts of the syndrome....


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-07-22 09:58 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"the U.S. is falling behind as a result of its decentralized health care system."

The US has been falling behind for decades as a result of our decentralized health care system.

It's a misnomer to call it a system. It's thousands of loosely, often poorly coordinated systems, and not all working towards the same goal.

But everyone ought to know that by now.

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-07-22 10:25 AM | Reply

The UK and their SAIL data bank are leaders in health analytics.

#3 | Posted by bored at 2021-07-22 10:28 AM | Reply

According to Republicans (and even some moderate Democrats), any improvement to our healthcare system is considered SOCIALISM! So we'll simply continue to suffer the least efficient, most expensive healthcare in the developed world.

#4 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2021-07-22 10:59 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

@#4 ... So we'll simply continue to suffer the least efficient, most expensive healthcare in the developed world. ...

But our healthcare system is highly profitable for the corporations that run it!

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-07-22 11:59 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

My primary care doctor who is an immigrant was pretty anti-single payer for a long time. She flat out told me a couple years ago she is tired of this mess that is health insurance and we need a single payer system...
I know a couple other doctors and know of more that retired because they didn't want to deal with insurance companies any more. That was the final straw for them - the way insurance companies went nutty.

#6 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-07-23 08:18 AM | Reply

The UK isn't being called socialist healthcare because they are a military ally.
I'm in USA so I'm a Raggedy Ann Doll in need of still being healthy enough to make it to a doctor
or else be bankrupted by a life flight ---- company or ambulance "service".

#7 | Posted by LesWit at 2021-07-23 10:30 AM | Reply

But our healthcare system is highly profitable for the corporations that run it!
#5 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER

Yep, that's most of the problem.

#8 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2021-07-23 12:30 PM | Reply

Too much money in healthcare for any of the big winners to ever allow our non-system to end. In America, everything comes down to money. From prisons to healthcare, it is all controlled by big political donors. First step towards rehabilitation: prevent corporations from being political donors. Corporations are not people my friend.

#9 | Posted by danni at 2021-07-23 12:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Too much money in healthcare for any of the big winners to ever allow our non-system to end."

Amen.
FDR wanted national health.
We won the battle but have been losing the war ever since.

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-07-23 12:46 PM | Reply

Learn to lay down and give up?

#11 | Posted by e1g1 at 2021-07-23 01:41 PM | Reply

America never learns from other countries' experience. We "know better". We're Exceptional, doncha know?

#12 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2021-07-24 02:12 PM | Reply

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