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  •  "Drive up costs" GMAFB (1+ / 0-)
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    Please somebody post the statistics on how much more health care costs here as a percentage of income than it does in countries with single-payer.  We are literally subsidizing these giant insurance company leeches out of the goodness of our own hearts.

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    by oscarsmom on Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 03:02:26 PM PST

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    •  Can't give you that, but I can post here what I (3+ / 0-)
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      ferg, oscarsmom, Losty

      posted on another healthcare thread, which give you an idea of how little we get for all that we pay:

      My contribution to the discussion, actually, it is Paul Krugman's from Conscience of a Liberal, who got these figures from the WHO:

         Comparing Health Care in the Western World
         2004 figures    Spending
         Nation          per person          Life Expectancy
         United States     $6102               77.5
         Canada                3165               80.2
         France                  3150               79.6
         Germany              3043               78.9
         Britain                  2508               78.5

      So, we are paying almost twice as much on health care as most other advanced western nations and getting no real benefit as expressed in life expectancy.  Krugman discusses why that is so, suggesting that France, which the WHO ranked number one in the world (we are 37th) is comparable to our Medicare, but applies to everyone.

      If you don't own a copy, you may want to check it out of your local library, he does a great job of looking at health care under the different systems.

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      by Susan Grigsby on Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 03:09:29 PM PST

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