Health watch

"We spend over $4,000 per capita on personal health care, about twice as much as Canada and the European countries (which cover all their citizens), and the gap is growing. Why is our system such a money sink? Not because our population is older or sicker. All the Western countries have aging populations vulnerable to nearly the same illnesses at roughly the same rates, and ours is actually younger than most. Nor is the reason that we get better outcomes.

By all the usual measures of health-life expectancy, infant mortality, childhood immunization rate- we do worse than most Western countries. The only plausible explanation is how health care is financed and delivered. The American health care system is staggeringly wasteful and inflationary. The United States is unique in treating health care as a market commodity distributed according to the ability to pay instead of as a social good distributed according to medical need."

American Prospect magazine


The China Study - The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health - T. Colin Campbell

The World According to Monsanto - Pollution, Corruption, and the Control of the World's Food Supply - Marie-Monique Robin

World Without Cancer - G. Edward Griffin

Fast Food Nation - Eric Schlosser

Living Downstream - Sandra Steingraber

Critical Condition - how health care in America became big business - and bad medicine by Donald L. Bartlett and James B. Steele

"To discredit the single-payer idea, insurers, HMOs, for-profit hospitals and other private interests play on Americans' long-standing fears of Big Government. In truth, it is the private market that has created a massive bureaucracy, one that dwarfs the size and costs of Medicare, the most efficiently run health insurance program in the U.S. in terms of administrative costs. Medicare's overhead averages about 2% a year."

Donald Barlett and James Steele

Universal Health Care

Physicians' & Medical Students - Proposal for National Health Insurance - Physicians for National Health Plan
Healthcare USA: don't get sick
Health Care Spending In Twenty-Three Countries - 1960-1998
O Canada - Health Care Myths from the Graet White North
Time for Single Payer Health Care in US
Health vs. Medicine
Private Care in Canada
Universal Coverage: How Do We Pay for It ?
How Much Does Single Payer National Health Care Cost?
What Is Right about the Canadian Health Care System?
Universal Health Insurance, But Which Way?
Civil Disobedience to Achieve Universal Healthcare?
For-Profit Care Not for Canada
How U.S. health care stacks up internationally
"Going Bare" - Uninsured Portion of US Population Growing Rapidly
The Wrong Prescription - Bill Bradley's Health Plan Is No Cure

" There is a great deal of money to be made by wrecking the Canadian system of Medicare (universal health care). All the excess costs of an American-style payment system represent higher incomes for both the insurance industry and providers of care. "

Public Citizen's Health Research Group newsletter



In the Wake of Vaccines - the relationship between chronic illness and childhood vaccinations (9/04)

Fluoridation: Time for a second look ?
A History of Public Health
Mismanaged Care
Food Fight Comes to America
Hazards of Genetically Engineered Foods and Crops
No Small (Genetic) Potatoes

Food Fight - The Truth About Genetically Modified Organisms
Radiation: Children at Risk

AIDS Culprits
What Causes Breast Cancer ?
Cause of Death: Inequality
Cipro prices around the world -12/01
Globalizing Clinical Research - Big Pharma tries out first world drugs
on unsuspecting third world patients
Terrorism and the Health-care Crisis
Canada's Romance with Market Medicine
Orchestrating Health Crises
The War Against Ourselves - An Interview with Major Doug Rokke
Health Care's Deadly Crisis

Bad Medicine
Weapon of Mass Deception - depleted uranium
Withholding the Cure (AIDS)
Privatizing Medicare
Cancer: It's a Growth Industry
The Great Health Grab - Big Pharma
Got Drugs?
How to Fix the Medicare Mess

"AARP ... was founded as an insurance business in 1958, and the organization, then called the American Association of Retired Persons, opposed the creation of Medicare. It never developed an activist orientation, and for many years its focus was on selling insurance. In 2002, about 24 percent of its operating revenue came from health-insurance-related activities."

Barbara T. Dreyfuss

Health Care Paperwork & Medicare Drug Bill (2/04)
Rising Health Costs
The Seduction [AARP & the Medicare drug bill] (6/04)
The High Costs of For-Profit Care (7/04)
Health Care Can Be Cured (10/04)
Managed Care Goes Global (10/04)
A People's Health System - Venezuela (10/04)

The Right to Healthcare (10/04)
In Critical Condition: Health Care In America Canada's Way (10/04)

Single-Payer: Good for Business (11/04)
Your Money or Your Life - when getting sick means going broke (2/05)

Cuba Has Better Medical Care Than the U.S. (3/06)
U.S. residents are less healthy, less able to access health care than Canadians - Universal coverage appears to reduce healthcare inequalities (7/06)
Has Canada Got the Cure? (8/06)
Medicare for All: The Only Sound Solution to Our Healthcare Crisis (1/07)
A systematic review of studies comparing health outcomes in Canada and the United States (2007)
Time To End Profit Driven Mandatory Vaccination Racket (2/08)
The Judgment on Vaccines Is In ??? (4/09)
Swine Flu = NAFTA Flu - Robert Wallace interviewed - April 29, 2009
The AMA's Unhealthy Obsession (6/09)
Why American [health] Policy "SUCKS" - [campaign finance corruption of the political system] (6/09)
Wendell Potter's testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, June 24, 2009
The Vaccines are Far More Deadly than the Swine Flu (8/09)
Exposed: The Swine Flu Hoax (8/09)
5 Myths About Health Care Around the World (8/09)
Dr. Steffie Woolhandler on health care reform - interviewed by Amy Goodman/DemocracyNow - 11/11/09
Congressional Testimony on Vaccine Safety (11/09)
European Parliament to Investigate WHO and "Pandemic" Scandal (12/09)


"U.S. health expenditures are by far the highest of any country in the world at 15 percent of GDP. No other country spends even 11 percent of GDP. The U.S. also spends much more in absolute dollars. U.S. citizens pay $5,440 on average for health coverage while Canadians, the fourth biggest spenders, shell out $2,927...

In the U.S., 75 million are without insurance at some point every two years while in Canada, government spending provides health coverage for everyone...

According to the International Journal of Health Services, "the average ranking for the United States on 16 health indicators in a 1998 comparative study of 13 countries by Starfield was 12th, second from the bottom...

Insurance companies, for-profit hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and doctors-the historical linchpin of corporate medicine-oppose universal health insurance. They are powerful political players. According to Acumen Journal, "since late 1999 [U.S.] health care lobbying spending has consistently passed that of any other industry. In 2002, that amounted to expenditures of $264 million...the health care industry as a whole accounted for 15 percent of the $1.8 billion in lobbying spending for 2002."

Rising Health Costs, Yves Engler, Z mag, April 2004

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