U.S. Healthcare System Gets An “F”

WASHINGTON — The nation’s youngest and oldest citizens are suffering the most from a fragmented, wasteful and dangerous health care system, according to a new study.

When compared with nearly two dozen other industrialized countries, the United States has the highest infant mortality rate and the lowest life expectancy for people who have reached age 60.

Those statistics were part of a new look at the U.S. health care system released Wednesday by the Commonwealth Fund’s Commission on a High Performance Health System.  The study looked at 37 national indicators of health outcomes, quality, access, equity and efficiency and assigned a score to each.

The United States scored an average of 66 out of a possible 100, a failing grade.

Thousands could be saved  If performance were improved in key areas, the nation could save an estimated 150,000 lives and perhaps as much as $100 billion annually, the report’s authors concluded.

“Given that the United States spends more on health care than any other country, it should be doing better”, said Cathy Schoen, senior vice president of the Commonwealth Fund.

Six years after a landmark report on medical errors, the United States still lacks an error-reporting system to assess safety. In the past two years, one-third of patients reported a medical, medication or lab test mistake. Only ten percent of these are reported or admitted medical errors.

The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation supporting independent research on health and social issues. To view the report online, visit the Commonwealth Fund Web site at www.cmwf.org.

The two times medical intervention is at it’s highest is at birth and after 60.  If this was a good thing, then it wouldn’t be where we have the highest chance of death.  Now think, where are you taking your baby or your grandmother for health care?  Does an “F” work to build your trust?

Step outside a failing system. Clearly, people, insurance companies and businesses should be investing in health and not disease and pain.  Time and money spent on chiropractic care saves millions of lives and prevents the spending of billions of dollars on drugs and surgery.  Plus you’re actually well.