[Source: for percent of GDP, Word Resources Institute, Earth Trends database (accessed Oct 2, 2009) ; for percent of population, Wikipedia, “Universal health care” (accessed Oct 5, 2009) and American Medical Students Association, “International Health Care Systems Primer” (PDF).]For the same money! They are getting 3 to 4 times the bang for the buck. And all the while our “fiscal conservative” politicians from both parties do everything they can to prevent us from achieving that kind of fiscal sanity. In other words, if we thoroughly reformed the system, we could probably achieve 100 percent universal coverage and not only avoid spending more but actually spend far, far less than we currently do (when counting both public and private expenditure). But we won’t. Because–for no good reason I can understand–Americans aren’t organizing mass protests in favor of a Canadian-style single payer system or French-style, um, French system. Maybe next time.
I'm an associate editor at Chelsea Green and I like to think about low-tech/appropriate-tech gizmos that I hope to build when I have some spare time. In a previous incarnation, I coauthored the Field Guide to the U.S. Economy. When not at Chelsea Green or biking to work, I live and garden with my family in Norwich, Vermont.