US Still Has the Worst, Most Expensive Health Care
... shortest life expectancy at birth, the highest rate of avoidable deaths, the highest rate of newborn deaths, the highest rate of maternal deaths, the highest rate of adults with multiple chronic conditions, and the highest rate of obesity ...
How and why does all of this get lumped into the "Health Care" as opposed to "Personal responsibility" (drugs/alcohol/smoking/marijuana, overeating, out-of-wedlock-children, single-parent families) and "Government" i.e., lousy public mis-education and social welfare systems that affect/fail significant segments of population, and parts of criminal system that is either too lenient and cuddles hardened criminals or is too inflexible and possibly creates more hardened criminals from victims of social neglect?
Have there been studies or breakdown/segmentation of real causes or is this just another generic "average basket bam-slam" report? Does it take into account the scale of diversity and/or rural population in the US compared to mostly homogeneous and mostly urban population in many of the selected "high-income peers"?
For example, "breaking down the U.S. figures by ethnicity yields startling discrepancies, in which infant and maternal mortality among Blacks and Latino's are more than twice the national average. In fact, the higher post-neonatal mortality rate in the U.S. is driven almost entirely by excess mortality among individuals of lower socioeconomic status."
It's well known that "free" UK NHS system is falling apart, with horrible wait times for what are considered ordinary, routine procedures in the US, and that many Canadians cross the border to have procedures or surgeries in the US at their own expense, on top of their "free" health system. How many take the "medical trip/vacation" in the other direction, if the "healthcare" in the US is so bad or "worst"?
Sometimes few numbers, especially "averages," don't tell the whole story.