Costly U.S. health care not necessarily the best
Wasteful, inefficient and unnecessary medical services chief reasons for cost of health insurance
American health care costs the most than anywhere in the world - but as
the world's only true remaining superpower, the medical care here is not
the best. According to a new study, the U.S. is the worst in the whole
world at preventing deaths due to asthma among people aged 5 to 39 years
and is the most likely to amputate the limbs of diabetic patients.
The reasons behind this are many, such as escalating prices for health care, the high use of potentially wasteful, inefficient and unnecessary medical services are just two.
In addition, Americans pay the highest prices for physician visits, hospital treatments and prescription drugs and get expensive diagnostic tests like MRIs at the higher-than-average rate.
More Americans are obese despite the nation's population being younger than all the other countries but New Zealand and is the least likely to smoke cigarettes than people anywhere but Sweden, according to the report.
The reasons behind this are many, such as escalating prices for health care, the high use of potentially wasteful, inefficient and unnecessary medical services are just two. In addition, the growing ranks of the uninsured and the fiscal burdens of Medicare and Medicaid all translate to heavy burdens. The astronomical costs lead many Americans, even those with health insurance, to go without care they need.
"This high spending cannot be attributed to higher income, an older population or greater supply or utilization of hospitals and doctors. Instead, the findings suggest the higher spending is more likely due to higher prices and perhaps more readily accessible technology and greater obesity." As authored by David Squires, a senior research associate at the Commonwealth Fund the reports says prices also vary widely among health care providers, according to the report.
"Health care quality in the U.S. varies and is not notably superior to the far less expensive systems in the other study countries," the report says. As an example, although the U.S. has the best survival rate for breast cancer patients and shares the lead on colorectal cancer survival with Norway, survival among cervical cancer patients is the middle of the pack.
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