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Do you think U.S suffers from the not invented here syndrome?

The U.S suffers from the not invented here syndrome and steadfastly refuses to study the far superior health systems of Switzerland,Germany,France,England etc.
We spend more per capita on health than other countries and yet our life expectancy barely beat Cuba.
What you think?


Asked by Anonymous at 9:40 AM on Aug. 8, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (28)
  • So we have the cutting edge research and scientists in the USA.

    And some (77% is a # I've seen posted) are very satisfied customers with the current HC system in place.

    How come OUR system isn't producing higher outcomes for our citizens? We have the scientists, the leading reasearch facilities and institutions of higher learning. How comes other developed nations have better outcomes? How come no one is talking about that incongruency?

    Our system is broken. The priorities skewed. Wellness needs to be addressed and funded. The Insurance companies are like the casinos-taking your money and hedging their bets. Guess what, if the casinos did not fleece ppl, they'd be out of business- same with the Insurance companies.
    Lets focus on keeping ppl well and health education. I'd rather see that type of system, rather than one that mandates feeding tubes to extend a well lived, happy life.

    Answer by Sisteract at 12:13 PM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • i don't care

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:42 AM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • And WHICH COUNTRY would be PRIMARILY responsible for all of the research and development of medicines, vaccines and possible cures?!

    How many socialized countries "invent" such things?

    Oh, and look into infant mortality and how it is calculated as to ONE of the reasons why we are ranked 37th in health care around the world.

    Answer by LoriKeet at 9:54 AM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • I think you should get some real info.

    Answer by Carpy at 10:11 AM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • If what the nay-sayers say is true, we will soon have the shortest life expectancy rate. After all when we start euthanizing the old and refusing to treat them... they will start dropping like flies. Of course, from a twisted mind-set, that could be a good thing. We could save a lot of medical money if the boomers go silently, quickly. More tax payers, less elderly for them to take care of. I think I see the long term goal of Obamacare.... I should have known.... it's all about the money.


    Answer by ThatTXMom at 10:28 AM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • LoriKeet

    You should educate yourself about other countries then make statement like your previous one.

    Your statement pretty much supports the OP claim.


    Answer by Anonymous at 10:36 AM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • There are problems in all of those systems. If you look at each of those countries individually, you will find issues.
    The largest medical problem we have in the US today is our rate of obesity, and all the medical problems that come with it. Providing medical care for everyone in this country will not change the obesity rate. There are programs everywhere educating people on the dangers of obesity, and still the rate grows every year. Taxing sodas and junk food won't change it, HCR won't change it.

    Answer by mancosmomma at 10:49 AM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • Actually Lori, many many drug advances are discovered & formulated in Europe and then bought by US drug companies. Its cheaper for them to let someone else do all the hard work then they bring it here & reap the benefits without all the cost involved in R & D.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:58 AM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • If the US health care system is sooo great why are we ranked 34th in infant mortality rates?

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:59 AM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • Several countries in Scandinavia (Sweden, Norway, Finland) and East Asia (Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore) have an infant mortality rate below 3.5, almost half the US rate. The CDC's 2004 rankings placed the US in a tie with Poland and Slovakia, and only marginally ahead of Puerto Rico and Chile. The US was behind every developed country in North America, Western Europe, and Australasia, as well as Cuba, Hungary, Israel, and the Czech Republic

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:00 AM on Aug. 8, 2009