Healthcare USA: don't get
New Internationalist magazine,
US healthcare is the most
privatized system in the West. Corporations are its backbone.
They sell Insurance, run hospitals, employ doctors, sell drugs
and operate long-term care facilities. It's the model held up
by those who challenge publicly funded medicare - the rest of
the world Is urged to adopt the US model. For those who are tempted
here's what It looks like.
* With 4% of the world's population the
US spends more than $1 trillion yearly on health-care, 35-40%
of global expenditures.
* One in six Americans has no medical
insurance, more than 40 million peopIe. Millions of others are
under-insured. More than a third of Hispanics and 20% of Blacks
have no insurance.
* Healthcare accounts for 16% of US GDP
and 19% of total public spending; it is the largest sector of
the US economy. By contrast the Canadian medicare system covers
the whole population and accounts for 9% of GDP and 15% of government
spending. The WHO ranks the US 15th in global health standards
and Canada second.
* A fifth of US healthcare spending is