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  •  Every American should get this care for free! (1+ / 0-)
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    I'll go through this slowly so you'll be able to scream at somebody when we're done! Start here:

    Scroll down to DATA SUMMARY: Health spending by country
    then click on the column to sort "Per capita government spending on health". The top four are: Luxembourg $5,692 Monaco $5,238 Norway $4,552 USA $4,437. (Down at #12 is where I live at $3,104)

    The U.S. federal and state governments spend $4,437 for every American to cover most health care costs for old people, poor people, military people, and government workers, sometimes with substantial co-pays.

    Canadian federal and provincial governments spend $3,104 for every Canadian to cover EVERYBODY, at no cost to the patient. (Exceptions: dental, vision, pharma, psych, physio, which are often covered by employer extended health insurance)

    The real question is: Why are U.S. governments spending more on health care per capita than almost everybody else in the world yet don't provide universal health care at little or no cost? (And why are American health outcomes so poor compared to almost every other developed country?)

    The linked article has source data links if you don't like PPP or want to dig deeper.

    •  But federal spending only covers (1+ / 0-)
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      about half of US health care expenditures. You have to double that figure to figure what is spent on health care overall for the US.

      I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

      by samddobermann on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 06:18:16 AM PDT

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