Letter to the Editor

Medical costs

Paso RoblesOctober 25, 2013 

Our politicians keep telling us that we have the best health care in the world, the best equipment, the best facilities — the best of everything.

If that is true, then why do we rank so far behind as compared to the rest of the industrialized world in life expectancy, infant mortality rates and other medical outcomes?

We lag behind in beds-per-thousand, in doctors-per-thousand, in life expectancy and other significant measures, yet we pay more for medical costs than all of the other industrialized nations of the world. We paid $8,233 in health expenditures last year on average, and the next highest costs per year were Norway and Switzerland, at $5,300 per year.

A large percentage of our health costs are found in the high overhead in the insurance industry, where the chief officers make more than $3,000 per hour. I don’t object to private insurance companies; I do object to for-profit companies that pay exorbitant salaries and are reluctant to spend their income on our insured ills.

Clearly, we don’t have the best health care in the world; we only have the most expensive.

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