Monday, January 30, 2006
Fix Our Healthcare System!
The health care system in the United States is failing. Many of those on the conservative side of the fence claim that socialized health care systems are not the solution because they do not work. That is far from true. What are some reasonable ways to measure an effective health care system? I will pick two and compare our system with the systems of other countries around the world.
Infant Mortality Rates:
The United States has a higher infant mortality rate than Cuba. Yes, Cuba! We also fall behind most of Europe as well as Canada and Aruba according to the CIA fact book.
The United States ranks 41st in the world in the area of life expectancy. Once again, we trail behind nearly every country in Europe, several Asian countries, and a few Middle Eastern countries including Jordan and Israel.
Just by analyzing the data provided by the two links above, you can easily see that our healthcare system is not adequate. The argument that socialized healthcare do not work, simply does not hold water. The main reason our healthcare system is in the condition it is currently in is because it is not designed to cure people, but designed to make money. I understand that we live in a capitalistic country, but caring for our citizens should be much more important than making money. Pharmaceutical companies are no longer seeking cures for diseases, but they are only developing medicine to make medical conditions tolerable.