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Health care around the world

From this article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/21/AR2009082101778.html

U.S. health insurance companies have the highest administrative costs in the world; they spend roughly 20 cents of every dollar for nonmedical costs, such as paperwork, reviewing claims and marketing. France's health insurance industry, in contrast, covers everybody and spends about 4 percent on administration. Canada's universal insurance system, run by government bureaucrats, spends 6 percent on administration. In Taiwan, a leaner version of the Canadian model has administrative costs of 1.5 percent; one year, this figure ballooned to 2 percent, and the opposition parties savaged the government for wasting money.

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In Japan, waiting times are so short that most patients don't bother to make an appointment. One Thursday morning in Tokyo, I called the prestigious orthopedic clinic at Keio University Hospital to schedule a consultation about my aching shoulder. "Why don't you just drop by?" the receptionist said. That same afternoon, I was in the surgeon's office. Dr. Nakamichi recommended an operation. "When could we do it?" I asked. The doctor checked his computer and said, "Tomorrow would be pretty difficult. Perhaps some day next week?"

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drjon
Sep. 8th, 2009 03:56 am (UTC)
Ah yes, the US System: the best Health Care money can deny.
fayanora
Sep. 8th, 2009 03:57 am (UTC)
US health care: The best health care money can buy. If you have no money, you can fuck off and die for all they care.

Edited at 2009-09-08 03:57 am (UTC)
kelly_holden
Sep. 8th, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
"Tomorrow would be pretty difficult. Perhaps some day next week?"
That is awesome.
fayanora
Sep. 9th, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
It sure is.
fayanora
Sep. 9th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
I think I know how it works that way. In America, people only see the doctor for emergency stuff - stuff that can't wait any longer. And so the doctors get deluged with lots of stressful stuff that's hard to do. I think in countries with universal health insurance, people go more often so they're healthier when they do go, and tend to catch these kind of bad things quicker, which makes taking care of it easier.
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