Friday, 26 February 2010
The biggest lie told at the summit is "America has the best health system in the world." America pays 33% more than the second most expensive developed country and gets worse outcomes. Depending on whether one believes the CIA or the WHO, our health care system ranks 43rd or 47th n the world.
The pernicious part of this lie, whether told by one party or the other, is that the interlocutor has a hard time refuting it. To say we do NOT have the best system in the world sounds vaguely unAmerican.
Put more correctly: the wealthy can buy the best health care in the world in the USA. Everyone else gets a raw deal: bad value for money; paying a third more for no better results.