Obesity-Related Illnesses Not Well-Treated in the U.S.

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  • The Great American Health Fail

    You might want to begin taking better care of yourself. I have rasied this point quite a few times over the years and here it is again. Repetition of a valid point is merited, and I have offered rationale in prior postings as to why self-monitoring and healthy choices are beneficial. Here is another: The American health system is failing you.


    The obesity rate is at critical mass in the United States, along with all the potential health risks that accompany obesity, such as high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, cardoivascular disease, and certain types of cancer. Should you fall into any of these unfortunate categories, I'm afraid you will find little solice in the standard of care served up by the American health care system. 

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    American Medical Care in Last Place

    When American medical care is compared with the medical care systems of other wealthy nations, the United States finishes dead last. That's last as in there is no one after us. We are the worst. What an embarrassment to be last.


    The Commonwealth Fund has been reporting on the status of global health care for over a decade based on data from the World Health Organization, the Organization for Ecomonic Cooperation and Development, and research of its own. 


    This year's report reveals that the United States spends more per person on medical care, but Americans are less healthy than people in 10 other countries. Our system is less fair than systems in other affluent countries and much less efficient. Again, we are last among the 11 nations: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. And this is not even our first visit to the cellar. The United states also finished last in 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2010.  


    Prior to the implimentation of the Affordable Care Act and the myriad of votes to repeal it as well as the current steps to raise a lawsuit against it, Republicans and Democrats agreed that health care reform was much needed. A number of politicians chastise the health care systems of other countries and cite them as examples of what is not needed in the U.S. But the report has found that countries with nationalized medical systems outperform the United States in all areas.  


    Both the United States and the United Kingdom had much higher death rates in 2007 from conditions that could be addressed through medical interventions than did some other countries. The rates were as high as 25 to 50 percent more than in Australia and Sweden. 


    Those Americans with below average incomes are more effected than those of comparable measure in other countries. Poorer Americans reported greater rates of not seeing a doctor when they are sick, not getting recommended testing, treatment, or follow-up care, and not getting a prescription filled or skipping doses because of the costs involved.


    The Afforadable Care Act attempts to help address this by making private health insurance and Medicaid more widely available.  


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Published On: July 17, 2014