reply to post by Gamma MO
The most important factor you have to consider here is that the U.S. is not like Canada. It isn't like any other country on the planet. We have one
of the most diverse group of people on the planet, all from different backgrounds, different levels of pay, etc.
Most European countries have people that are very similar in both background and pay level (Canada is like that as well, as is China, Korea, Japan,
Australia, etc). Generally speaking, if I have a blood pressure problem and I live in Poland and my family has always lived in Poland then it's much
easier, and cheaper, to figure out what my problem is ~ genetic, dietary, or other.
Here in the States, it becomes much harder to figure out the cause of the problem because I could come from any place on the globe. While that's
still a possibility in any other place, the people in the United States generally have completely different backgrounds from each other. For example,
I'm Irish, Scottish, Dutch, and English but I live in the U.S. I can walk down the road and not meet anyone else that is like that.
What pay class you are has an impact as well. Generally speaking, the poorer you are, the worse the food you eat is for you. If I lived in Poland I'd
probably be middle class like most everyone else. This makes it easier for doctors to figure out if it is dietary or not.
Here in the U.S. I have a fairly equal chance of being poor, rich, or middle class. The result is that I can eat better or worse food, which may be
the cause of my high blood pressure.
So, while social health care can work when you have a small country (population) with a people that are very much like each other, it becomes
troublesome when you add more people who are much more diverse.
Mainly, the problem is diversity. We have many different types of people. Most countries have one type of person. For example, when I say "That
person looked Irish" you understand exactly what I'm talking about. When I say "That person looked American" the only thing you get from that is
fat, but that doesn't tell you anything about hair color, skin color, eye color, height, body type, etc.
Edit: I thought this was pretty interesting.
Originally posted by Gamma MO I've heard of stories of incompetent doctors and mean nurses but you're going to get that anywhere.
While this is very true, it's also a bit different here in the U.S.
See, we don't have limits on how much I can sue a doctor for if he messes up. This is primarily the reason for incredibly high health care costs in
the U.S. The other half is the fact that they have to continually update the tools they use, which are generally not as effective, or cost effective.
The reason they have to do it is because it gives people another reason to sue if the care they receive doesn't work out like they dreamed.
If, and this is important, the government begins to pay doctors, the doctor won't be held responsible for any blunders, the government will.
The only thing that needs reform in health care in the U.S. is tort reform. Anything else is too much.
[edit on 12-8-2009 by Credge]