US Healthcare: Quality and Inequality


Another report on CNN today. We’ve heard this before. The US spends more on healthcare than any other wealthy country and gets inferior results:

  • Higher rates of death among newborns and their mothers
  • Higher rates of death from treatable diseases
  • Shorter life expectancy(1)

What the report says is true, but it doesn’t truly represent the reality of the situation.

The truth is that the US can provide excellent healthcare, if you have access to it.

  1. You have to live near where excellent health care is provided. In much of the South, the Midwest, Great Plains and the Rocky Mountain states, you’re out of luck.
  2. You have to be covered by a health plan that allows you to go to see the best doctors. Even the plans under the Affordable Care Act have geographic and other limitations. The best coverage is provided by large corporate health insurance and Medicare.

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