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Numbers and Possible Debates

What Debate is Not Needed; What Debate is Needed

with the conclusion and related information with bar charts about why we need an intelligent debate


Debate That is Not Needed (About These Numbers) and Why

  • Tens of millions of people are un-insured and under-insured due to lack of Health Care for All.
    • The numbers get revised on occasion, up or down, but what does that matter, as follows:
    • What if the number was “only” 40 million instead of almost 80 million?
    • What if it was only ten million?
    • What if it was only one million?
    • What if it was only you, your family and your immediate neighborhood?
    • But it is more than a few people; think of it: a total number equivalent to the total population of twenty-four of our states!
  • Thousands of unnecessary deaths of people occur due to lack of health insurance.
    • What if it was “only” 15,000?
    • What if it was only five thousand?
    • What if it was only one thousand?
    • What if it was your next-door neighbor?
    • What if it was your son or daughter or brother or sister who died last week as part of the estimated 22,000 [pdf] people under age 65 who die each year due to lack of health insurance?
  • Tens of thousands of unnecessary deaths due to people not getting to the doctor. Scroll down or select here to see the set of figures below. Refer to the same set of questions above.
  • Mothers do not survive birth1 to the same degree as other industrialized countries partly because the United States does not provide Health Care for All that would help increase the chances that proper prenatal care is provided. A bar chart is below.
    • Does anyone think that this makes any sense to continue?
    • We need to care for each other!

The Debate That is Needed (About HR 676) and Why

  • The debate we need is the one that refines United States House Resolution 6762 and puts it into law as soon as possible!
    • The United States can:
      • have one plan instead of hundreds of health insurance plans
      • have one payer instead of hundreds of payers
      • maximize the spending of dollars on health care instead of having hundreds of billions spent on excessive administration costs3?
      • have Health Care for All like all other free-market, high-income industrialized countries have

 

Conclusion:
Intelligent Debate or Stupid Debate

The Choices

  • Debate how solidly and fast the U.S. can implement an intelligent, simple, cost-effective way to pay for health care: non-profit, single-payer national health insurance
  • Debate alternative ways to maintain our stupid, complex, bureaucratic, inefficient, expensive way to pay for health care: how to keep 1300 to 1600 health insurance companies for medically-necessary care, give those companies even more business, and spend huge amounts of taxes in an desperate attempt to very inefficiently cover the needs of the poor, while burdening them with premium, fines, and estate recovery.

Related Information:
Why the U.S. Needs the Intelligent Debate

Health Performance:
Deaths from Preventable Diseases

January 2008: The ability of the United States to minimize deaths due to PREVENTABLE diseases is at rock bottom / dead last. The associated unnecessary deaths are tens of thousands of real people, people we knew and loved. Perhaps more importantly are the days, weeks and months of unnecessary pain and suffering prior to our unnecessary deaths.

Death Due to Preventable Diseases:
Dead Last

Preventable Diseases: Unnecessary Deaths

Rankings from 1st to 19th

France
Japan
Australia
Spain
Italy
Canada
Norway
the Netherlands
Sweden
Greece
Austria
Germany
Finland
New Zealand
Denmark
Britain
Ireland
Portugal
United States

Further Information with Sources

This information is available at the Further Information section of the Real People web page.

 

Deaths Due to Preventable Diseases:
Bad to Worst for the U.S.

 

Preventable Diseases: Drop in Performance

As seen above, over a 5 year period the U.S. dropped in performance rank among 19 countries from 15th position to 19th position.

Further Information with Sources

Go to the Further Information section of the Real People web page.

Maternal Mortality Very Poor

Maternal mortality, the deaths of women who die during or shortly after a pregnancy, is dramatically higher than other countries.

Maternal mortality may be a better indicator of health care performance than infant mortality, especially considering the debate about how infant mortality rates are determined across different countries.

U.S. Maternal Mortality

People Are Not Getting to the Doctor?
CORRECT!

We Americans, on average, are NOT getting to the doctor, thus blocking the ability of doctors contribute to PREVENTING diseases. Take a look at our performance on having a society where people get to the doctor.

Physician Visits

Sources

The bars have different colors than the original charts, but the bar charts “Maternal Mortality” and “Physician Visits Per Capita” were developed by Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP).


  1. The United States was 29th in maternal mortality and 27th in life expectancy. See Health Care Meltdown 2007 edition, page 155, reporting of this and additional data from the 2005 World Health Organization report. Now the U.S. life expectancy went from 27th to 30th, as reported in June 2008 based on 2006 data. back

  2. U.S. House Resolution 676 is proposed U.S. legislation for single-payer national health insurance; see the Library of Congress index for H.R.676 and then select “Printer Friendly Display” back

  3. Excessive administrative costs: marketing commissions; profits; the management of rules and evaluations & decisions about individual patient situations to determine whether or not a specific medical activity is covered or excluded by the patient’s health insurance plan. back

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