Monday, January 12, 2009

Health care costs, Canada (and the World) Vs. U.S.

Here is a telling illustration with some text from the Health Insurance 2008 web page.

As health costs shoot into the stratosphere, the U.S. has turned to Canada for a steady supply of low-cost drugs and medical care. Overall, medical tourism -- in which U.S. citizens travel to other countries simply for cheap care -- doubled over the course of one year (from 2006-2007).
The Key Issue? Cost.

The key issue was cost. And the perfect illustration is a comparison with Canada. Our neighbors to the north have been able to spend the same amount of money administering free, universal coverage to its 27 million citizens as the single region of New England in the U.S. (which has a meager population of 2.5 million).

Obviously, costs have gone haywire. Have the added costs provided more quality in health care? Or are these costs simply attributable to mismanagement and inefficiencies. Expect this issue to come up more during this year's election coverage.

For grins, here is another illustration from the UC Atlas of Global Inequality:

Enjoy seeing at least part of the situation laid out clearly,


[via Uncle Ted]


lynx said...

a great wake up call, I stumbled it. hopefully you'll get some traffic off that.

Bpaul said...

I have to learn about these things, stumble, reddit, technorati -- I don't use any at this point.

Thanks, traffic is fun.

And again, well met.

Bpaul said...

Holy crap, that stumble mention, or referral, made this my record-breaking day.

Thanks for referring me, I now have to learn about this.

Micah said...
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Anonymous said...

LOL that site is trying to sell you health insurance you retard.

Bpaul said...

Hey man, I'm only shopping for charts, no need for name calling LOL!