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  1. Mrs.PatsFanInVa

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    Very poorly.

    An international survey of adults living with health problems and complex care needs found that patients in the United States are much more likely than those in 10 other high-income countries to forgo needed care because of costs and to struggle with medical debt. In all the countries surveyed, patients who have a medical home reported better coordination of care, fewer medical errors, and greater satisfaction with care than those without one.

    Sicker adults in the U.S. stood out for having cost and access problems. More than one of four (27%) were unable to pay or encountered serious problems paying medical bills in the past year, compared with between 1 percent and 14 percent of adults in the other countries. In the U.S., 42 percent reported not visiting a doctor, not filling a prescription, or not getting recommended care. This is twice the rate for every other country but Australia, New Zealand, and Germany.

    In the U.S., cost-related access problems and medical bill burdens were concentrated among adults under age 65. Compared with Medicare-aged adults 65 or older, adults under 65 were far more likely to go without care because of the cost or to have problems paying bills.


    New 2011 Survey of Patients with Complex Care Needs in Eleven Countries Finds That Care Is Often Poorly Coordinated - The Commonwealth Fund
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    Good thread Mrs. PF ... in comparison to these other countries it would be nice to also compare government official access for their health care industry. There are something like 3500 health care lobbyists in DC. With that much access how likely are members of Congress going to repair the broken mess.
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    60 Minutes did a recent interview with Jack Abramoff.. and to paraphrase his story, he felt that lobbyists have more control than ever...
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    I thought the Obama Pelosi Reid "behind closed doors middle of the night wonderful health care bullsh!t" was going to make everything perfect, Free Gall Bladders for eveybody, oh god isn't this wonderful, Patches Kennedy openly wept and said "oh I wish my daddy could have been here, free health care"

    OBAMACARE.......:singing::singing:
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    So people in countries with free health care do not choose to forgo treatment due to the costs, eh? Shocker.
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    This is one of those issues where Capitalism is a failure. America's health care industry is surrounded by nothing but greed. I'm all for Capitalism on most things, but I draw the line on Health Care.
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    Do people really "choose" to forgo health care or are they forced into it?

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