While Republicans desperately try to repeal Obamacare – a new study by the Commonwealth Fund shows why the nation needs comprehensive health reform. Looking at 12 of the most developed OECD nations – the United States leads the way in healthcare spending – at about $8,000 a year per person. Norway and Switzerland are second – but they only spend $5,000 a person.
And the study finds that more spending on healthcare in the U.S. doesn’t translate into better healthcare results. As the study concludes, “despite high costs, quality in the U.S. health care system is…not notably superior to the far less expensive systems in the other study countries.” The U.S. ranks toward the bottom of the list in annual doctor visits and length of hospital stays.
Unlike other nations like Japan that put in place strict price controls on their medical services, the United States doesn’t – and as a result – soaring medication and medical service prices are driving up total healthcare costs. It also doesn’t help that a third of our nation is obese – further driving up medical care costs.
Whatever we’ve been doing to treat sick people in this country isn’t working. We need a single-payer system like “Medicare for Everyone” to join the developed world in guaranteeing that healthcare is a basic right - without bankrupting the nation.