The best healthcare system in the world?


Or just the best healthcare, if you can afford it?

I could talk about healthcare and socialised medicine (for all that it has been demonised…) all day. Yes, I’m a fan, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. I’m still not sold on the Affordable Care Act being a solution (maybe more of a bandaid?) because the issues with profiteering and costs will remain the same. But this video was hilarious: 



I need to watch the Daily Show more often…man it cracks me up sometimes.




By the way, saying a country has the best healthcare in the world is like saying they have the best TVs in the world, the best cars, the best space program – or the best libraries. For those who can read. Mid-twentieth century German healthcare was pretty awesome, and 19th century America was a very ‘free’ country, but not so much for German Jews, or African Americans. Point being that America has the BEST supercomputers in the world. But am I likely to get to use them? Not really. Maybe better to ask how the overall health of a country’s population is doing, or how good the average care is, or what access the poorest people have to it.



I don’t think there are any easy, cheap or quick solutions, but I do think the discussion tends to focus on the wrong aspects of the issue, and tends to much politicisation and the ‘rights’ of certain segments over others, rather than the deeper systemic questions.

And now for the expected hate mail…..





  1. A single payer, universal healthcare system is the gold standard for modern countries. The POTUS himself took it off the table when he capitulated to the private healthcare industrial complex.

    1. I guess my question is whether it would work here? I have my doubts that the greed of individuals and corporations would be successfully curbed such that costs would be kept down enough for such a system to function. I think we would see unnecessary procedures (eg appendectomies) performed as a matter of course just to make a buck, or to increase return on a needed procedure, as I have heard used to happen in the UK. I don’t know if the gov’t would be able to resist the drug companies and demand bulk pricing and/or cheaper generics be made available, such as in Australia, in order for drugs to be subsidised by such a system. I’ve lived in the UK and lived/worked in Australia (in both the private and government hospitals there), as well as in the US, and we had our issues back home, but on the whole I’d say there’s very little better that I saw over here, and a few things that we got away with in the US that we would have lost accreditation from in Australia.

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