In March @YumiYoko, a Twitter user, became a mother via C-section. When the hospital handed her a bill for over $42,000 — a stark illustration of the inefficiency of the healthcare system in the richest nation on Earth — it blunted the joy of motherhood.
Yumi posted an image of her bill on Twitter where Stephen McGann a British Actor who plays a doctor on the British TV series, Call the Midwife set in England during the early days of the British National Health Service rated as the world’s most effective healthcare system saw Yumi’s tweet and posted it. From there, it went viral.
The NHS is the world’s oldest universal healthcare system, established in 1948. Considered the most cost-effective healthcare system in the world with more lives saved per U.K. pound ($1.62) than any other healthcare system except for Ireland.
The British spend half of the equivalent U.S. GDP on healthcare than the U.S. does and have a superior outcome.
By comparison The Commonwealth Fund found the U.S. to have the most expensive and least effective healthcare system for 10 years in a row among 10 other industrialized nations. In the U.S. expenditures per capita on healthcare are more than 30 percent higher than the next highest nation and the U.S. is the only one of those nations that does not yet have universal healthcare.
Except for the U.S. every developed nation has a single payer system of universal healthcare as do many developing nations which have placed a priority on the health of their citizens knowing that a healthy economy requires a healthy work force. This is the reason that until recent years all major employers in the U.S. provided health insurance for their employees, the same corporations that are now objecting to the mandates of Obamacare.
Obamacare is sadly not the answer. It is a step in the right direction but if our healthcare system is ever to meet results comparable to those of the rest of the developed world we will have to join their ranks and create our own single payer universal healthcare system.
See the horrific hospital bill for yourself.
h/t: Addicting Info