Where the world ceases to be the scene of our personal hopes and wishes, where we face it as free beings, admiring, asking, and observing, there we enter the realm of Art and Science.--Albert Einstein
1) General government expenditure on health as percentage of total government expenditure (2005)USA: 19.1France: 16.7Cuba: 10.8
Swans Commentary » swans.com September 21, 2009
Health Care Here And There
by Gilles d'Aymery
The Harper's Index tells us that 7 in 10 American families bankrupted due to medical bills have health insurance. Washington State's subsidized health plan intends to reduce its membership by one-third by jacking up insurance premiums 70 percent.
..."The answer, of course, is found in the first paragraph of this article. The U.S. privileges profits and social Darwinism. It's the only system in the Rich World that does not provide universal health care, leaves a substantial proportion of its citizenry uncovered, and transfers money from the masses to the happy few. It's also a society whose culture does not mind seeing almost 45,000 people a year die because of the lack of health insurance. Finally, it's NOT a health care system. It's a sick care system that eschews preventive medicine because there is more money to make in treating the sick rather than in keeping people healthy. It is not about wellness. It is about money -- like absolutely everything else is in the USA (often disguised under the notion of moral/religious/political/philosophical "values").(...)"
If you want to read the article with comparative demographiy tables about health care in Cuba and United States, clik here:http://www.swans.com/library/art15/ga272.html