Mortality Rates v. Health Care Access (and Health Insurance)
We've discussed before that the U.S. does have higher mortality rates that don't measure up to countries with nationalized health care.
This article talks about waiting times and treatment in various countries with nationalized health care and compares them to the same in the U.S.
What surprises me in this is that if US residents receive care sooner, then why are mortality rates not commensurately in line. Or maybe the difference in life spans is more related to lifestyle than to the health care access?
Once again, it is worth noting that those countries with nationalized health care are finding, in the long run, that those that can afford to turn to privatized care where the govt system falls short ... and the govts of those countries find it worthwhile to allow that to continue.
And, gradually, Europeans are circumventing their systems. Half a million Swedes now use private insurance, up from 100,000 a decade ago. Almost two-thirds of Brits earning more than $78,700 have done the same. But what might really surprise those who assert the excellence of nationalized insurance systems is that throughout Europe, from Britain to Denmark to Sweden, when faced with their inability to deliver timely access, the government’s solution is increasingly to enable access to private health care.