I really get tired of hearing the ignorant proles spout all that nationalist bullshit like "the Eunited state of amurikkka is the best country in the world." "we got us the most democratic country in the world" etc., etc., ad nauseam.
Most of these ignorant rubes have absolutely no clue how the other parts of the world live. Sure, there are places where life is continuous squalor and tyranny rules the people, but there are also places where people are just as free as we are, are MORE democratic and have much better health care. Don't believe it? Take a look at this:
France is healthcare leader, US comes dead last: study
Tue Jan 8, 4:45 PM ET
WASHINGTON (AFP) - France is tops, and the United States dead last, in providing timely and effective healthcare to its citizens, according to a survey Tuesday of preventable deaths in 19 industrialized countries.
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The study, entitled "Measuring the Health of Nations: Updating an Earlier Analysis," was written by researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. It looked at death rates in subjects younger than 75 that could have been prevented by timely and effective medical care.
The researchers found that while most countries surveyed saw preventable deaths decline by an average of 16 percent, the United States saw only a four percent dip.
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"It is startling to see the US falling even farther behind on this crucial indicator of health system performance," said Commonwealth Fund Senior Vice President Cathy Schoen, who noted that "other countries are reducing these preventable deaths more rapidly, yet spending far less."
The 19 countries, in order of best to worst, were: France, Japan, Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.
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"It is notable that all countries have improved substantially except the US," said Ellen Nolte, lead author of the study.
Had the United States performed as well as any of the top three industrialized countries, there would have been 101,000 fewer deaths per year, the researchers said.
Even though the US spends more than anyone else on healthcare, we still are at the bottom of the heap in providing services. Welcome to our world of market driven corporate healthcare.
A good friend of mine recently spent five days in the hospital. Sadly, during that period of time, he was diagnosed with 3rd stage liver cancer. After many tests and procedures, he was released. The hospital and doctor bills for that five day period have not stopped coming in, but so far, the total is well over $60,000. He has no insurance and is getting the bills straight from the providers. I wonder how much a good HMO or insurance company would be charged for those bills. I can guarantee you that their "negotiated price" would be substantially less. Probably half. But those without insurance pay full price.
But back to the subject at hand. . . how can we claim to be the greatest nation in the world with the worse healthcare of any developed nation? With information like that at our finger tips, how can any conscious moron even think to say such ignorant tripe? How can our leaders feed the proletariat masses so much dumb fucking propaganda and still sleep at night?
Leaders, propaganda, proletariat. . . never mind.
Tell ya what, next time when the topic of healthcae reform comes up and some uninformed buffoon begins spoutiing off about "socialized medicine" and how bad it is in Britain and Canada remember what the results of the above study state. Also remember this about the Eunited States of Amurikkka. . . Heres from a post I wrote back in August:
The infant mortality rate in the United States of America is about 6.5 deaths per 1,000 births. That means, for every 1,000 children are born in this country, 6.5 die in the process. That’s by far the worse infant mortality rate in the developed world. Every single western nation has a better record than that. Japan is 2.8, Spain is 4.3, Canada, 4.6 Portugal, 4.9. With all our technology and billions of dollars spent on wars and corporate welfare, more babies die at birth here than in any developed country in the world. WTF?
So shut the fuck up all you "love it or leave it" types who go around with your heads up your ass and your brains on ice. Fuck you and all your nationalistic garbage. YOU are what's wrong with this country. YOUR ignorance is what is destroying us from the inside. You and all the pitiful fucks you elect, especially from the party of the non-thinkers.
Remember in the words of Tom Delay. . . the bad moderate republicans are 'those who think too much."
file under: fucking idiots