07 July 2009

Convenience, Quality, and Affordability

Quote of the Day:
People in [France and the Netherlands] were getting precisely what most Americans say they want: Timely, quality care. Physicians felt free to practice medicine the way they wanted; companies got to concentrate on their lines of business, rather than develop expertise in managing health benefits. But, in contrast with the US, everybody had insurance. The papers weren't filled with stories of people going bankrupt or skipping medical care because they couldn't afford to pay their bills. And they did all this while paying substantially less, overall, than we do.
-Jonathan Cohn, putting into perspective the conservative complaints of the Canadian and European health care models.

Too many Americans still believe that our health care system is the best in the world. I have news for them: It's not. And the sooner they all realize that, the better.