Videoblogger and New York Times best-selling author, John Green, has done a spectacular job of explaining what is wrong with our healthcare system and just how we stack up against the rest of the civilized world in this short video. In just under eight minutes he explains why our costs are the highest and our outcomes not as stellar as we tend to believe.
He begins by busting the myth that countries such as the U.K., Canada and Japan where they have free healthcare they pay high taxes to pay for it. The truth of course is that we pay higher taxes here than those countries spend on healthcare and for those taxes we receive no healthcare.
In the U.S. We spend 18% of GDP on healthcare as opposed to New Zealand, which has universal coverage where they spend 9% of GDP. Not surprising since we spend more on individual services than the rest of the world. A colonoscopy in the U.S. Costs $1,100 that same colonoscopy in Switzerland would be $650. A month of Lipitor in the U.S. Is $124, in New Zealand it is $7.
He continues on debunking the claims that factors such as Malpractice and obesity are prime drivers in the high costs in the U.S. And pointing out that a much bigger problem is the fact that there is no mechanism in place here for centralized negotiations with care providers and pharmaceutical companies for the best possible price.
Green summed it all up saying that we won’t see any improvement until we make things change by changing the way we do things.