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Old 02-20-2014, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Vegas
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Okay, so the 50 – HuffPost continually links to International Living.com. I don't know who backs them but they've been around for 30 years. So, here's their list:

France
Uruguay
Malaysia
Costa Rica
Mexico

So, do they have an agenda or are these ratings true? Check it out for yourself @ World's 5 Top Countries For Best Health Care 2014*|*InternationalLiving.com
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Old 02-20-2014, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Finland
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In your face, lo... no, wait! We are something like 30th.
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Old 02-21-2014, 05:06 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Mexico and Costa Rica
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Old 02-21-2014, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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It's a rank article by huffington post lol.
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Old 02-23-2014, 07:16 PM
 
Location: NYC
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Where is the United States? Surely we'll make that now that we have Obamacare!
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Old 02-24-2014, 04:26 AM
 
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Okay, so the 50 – HuffPost continually links to International Living.com. I don't know who backs them but they've been around for 30 years. So, here's their list:

France
Uruguay
Malaysia
Costa Rica
Mexico

So, do they have an agenda or are these ratings true? Check it out for yourself @ World's 5 Top Countries For Best Health Care 2014*|*InternationalLiving.com
Of course, nowhere that lists the US as #1 obviously has to have an agenda, right? The WHO ranks us not even in the top 20
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Old 02-24-2014, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Bothell, Washington
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I think there are several different types of lists being discussed here. The US is at or among the best in the world for the actual care- but it falls way down to 20 or whatever when you combine that with the actual access to care, which of course is a major problem for us given the high cost and insurance issues.

I really would have a hard time believing this list is truly just about just the care itself- that if someone had a serious medical condition like a brain tumor, that they would be anywhere near as well off going to Uruguay as they would here in the US.
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Old 02-24-2014, 05:26 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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Of course, nowhere that lists the US as #1 obviously has to have an agenda, right? The WHO ranks us not even in the top 20
The US hasn't ranked in the top 20 in a very long time. Costa Rica has been ahead of the US for more or less the last 10 years, at least.

The US really falls down not only in access to care, but in cost of care, plus quality of care for chronic illness. What the US does well is emergency care. The US fails to diagnose and treat a variety of chronic illnesses. Infant mortality has also always been relatively high, another criterion used in the rating. The US pretty much leads the world in the high cost of health care and percentage of GDP spent on health care.

Here are the criteria used to determine the rankings:


The Health Care category in the Index considers the cost of care and the quality. Also considered are the number of people per doctor, the number of hospital beds per 1,000 people, the percentage of the population with access to safe water, the infant mortality rate, life expectancy, and public-health expenditure as a percentage of a country’s GDP.

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Old 02-24-2014, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Florida
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The US hasn't ranked in the top 20 in a very long time. Costa Rica has been ahead of the US for more or less the last 10 years, at least.

The US really falls down not only in access to care, but in cost of care, plus quality of care for chronic illness. What the US does well is emergency care. The US fails to diagnose and treat a variety of chronic illnesses. Infant mortality has also always been relatively high, another criterion used in the rating. The US pretty much leads the world in the high cost of health care and percentage of GDP spent on health care.

Here are the criteria used to determine the rankings:


The Health Care category in the Index considers the cost of care and the quality. Also considered are the number of people per doctor, the number of hospital beds per 1,000 people, the percentage of the population with access to safe water, the infant mortality rate, life expectancy, and public-health expenditure as a percentage of a country’s GDP.
The US also has a short-sighted problem of not spending enough on preventive care, even though it is cheaper in the long run. Other countries promote preventative health much more strongly because it saves them money and lives down the line.
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