Why does America offer such a poor health service compared to us in Europe?

big what???

Oww, good point, you do indeedy have the best doctors in the world, I agree. However, you also have some of the most expensive perscriptions and very little subsidies! Why is that? No moochers polices? :p Sivival of the fittest sttyle?

ps. where do you think i come from BB fan? My homeland has free healthcare and no military, and no need for military.

and chill out, its not a rant, its a question based on the fact that we have free healthcare, along with most of eaurope and you don't.

The World Health Organization's ranking of the world's health systems was last produced in 2000.

and here is the top 40:

1 France

2 Italy

3 San Marino

4 Andorra

5 Malta

6 Singapore

7 Spain

8 Oman

9 Austria

10 Japan

11 Norway

12 Portugal

13 Monaco

14 Greece

15 Iceland

16 Luxembourg

17 Netherlands

18 United Kingdom

19 Ireland

20 Switzerland

21 Belgium

22 Colombia

23 Sweden

24 Cyprus

25 Germany

26 Saudi Arabia

27 United Arab Emirates

28 Israel

29 Morocco

30 Canada

31 Finland

32 Australia

33 Chile

34 Denmark

35 Dominica

36 Costa Rica

37 United States of America

38 Slovenia

39 Cuba

40 Brunei

still a fairytale?

oh, and keep up guys…

“According to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the United States is the “only wealthy, industrialized nation that does not ensure that all citizens have coverage”

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_care_reform_in_the_United_States

“My son has a private health insurance here in the US, and we pay $128/ mo for him, he can see any doctor, any dentist within the system”

Im sorry, how much!!!! Any school child can see any doctor, specalist, etc in most countries, especially franch from … FREE (obveous tax payer concers apply)

So everyone please stop telling me why i am wrong and someone tell me 'why is everything is cheaper in europe?'

The quality here is good if you can afford it or if you have insurance. But private insurance companies and hospitals want to make as big a profit as possible. Also, people frequently sue for malpractice and win large amounts of money, which drives up the costs of doctor visits, hospital, medications, and insurance costs. It's all a big profit business like any other business. And these people who keep ranting about how poor the medical care is in countries that have national health care are repeating what they hear on radio and tv shows designed to argue in favor of the high profit medical industry. Americans also don't want to have to pay higher taxes to help take care of other people's medical bills, so we end up with people that just go without medical care or they just go to the emergency room when it reaches a critical stage, then they can't pay the bill but the hospital is required to treat them. This leads to higher prices for everyone.

I know this all must seem uncivilized to a European, and actually it is kind of like the system in a 3rd world country.

I know the quality varies in Europe. I have heard that in Spain they won't go to great extremes for an elderly person, but I'd imagine the care in Germany is top notch.

The USA is more like a microcosm of the whole world than the small EU countries. We have large numbers of immigrants that have come here, and many are poor and needy, so I can say that if a country in EU suddenly filled up with millions of poor people from the 3rd world, I'm not so sure you'd be able to care for everyone as you have.

I wish we could solve this problem here, but you should see how the Republicans are fighting against a public insurance option that people could get if they don't have private insurance. They say it will put private insurers out of business, cause lower quality in health care, and make doctors leave the US. But now private insurers can refuse to insure people if they are sick, cancel your policy if you cost them too much, and not approve treatments a doctor wants if it won't profit them.

All I know is I'd rather die in a plane crash than have a long-lasting terminal illness in the USA or in EU.

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