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Fixin' Healthcare

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

True, True and Unrelated

Does anyone believe the health status of the US population is determined by the 16% that have no health insurance? Eighty-four percent of the population have health insurance and the US ranks behind 41 other nations in life expectancy.

Does anyone believe that health insurance for everyone will decrease the cost of medical care? There are 6.8 deaths for every 1,000 live births in a country where insurance pays for a high incidence of C-sections and neonatal intensive care units.

Should the goal be to improve health status of the population? If so, expanding medical care is not the best way to get there. Medical care treats sickness, illness and disease. The need is to increase the effectiveness (and efficiency) of health promotion and disease prevention.

Health insurance (true) - medical care (true) - improved health status (unrelated).

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