So, the President travelled to the Mid-East and then Europe earlier this month. While in France, the President delivered his Weekly Radio Address. In this address, he spoke directly about our health care situation and how we need to change it. I think that we should take the opportunity to explore the French version of this vision.
With just a little bit of Googling I found numerous articles from sources such as:
After just an easy overview of these articles, it is apparent that the French are kicking our asses in the whole health care thing. In the Business Week article, France has itself coming in 1st with the US rounding out at 37th. In Reuters, Uncle Sam is running 19th in a 19 man race while France, again, places 1st. All in all, no matter how you look at it, America is lagging. Perhaps Mr. Oabama had it right to initiate his Health care kickoff in the country that has it going on.
But, before we acknowledge that we have indeed failed, let’s take a look at what it is that has France ranked so high in all of our studies. For example, in the Reuters study, it was a ranking of 19 nations in preventable deaths due to treatable conditions. And in the Business Week article, it quotes the ranking done by WHO, The World Health Organization, that has France coming 1st and the United States a dismal 37th. In that ranking, the WHO lists infant mortality rates, life span, available beds and doctors per citizen as well as deaths from respiratory disease. And all of this, of course, as the United States pays more for it’s health care than any other nation.
On the face of things, it would seem that indeed, the United States is in dire need of reform and, in fact, may finally have to implement some form of national health care. After all, America remains the only industrialized nation not to have such a system.
In the following days, I will look deeper into the claims made by various agencies. Look deeper into the numbers and identify if yes, the United States is in as bad as shape as it would appear.