rberq wrote: Read the book I recommended, then decide for yourself. If you only ever read opinions that reinforce what you already believe, you are not giving other ideas a fair shake. Incidentally, the author sought help for a bum shoulder in every country he visited, USA included, but the only place he got any useful and common-sense treatment was in India where he had to pay for it all himself.
What a bunch of liberal hooey! It's typical liberal positioning that if I don't agree with your point of view even after I've done extensive research on the subject from a variety sources that I'm misinformed and "being unfair." Shall I put on my Tin Foil hat and tell you what's coming next since I still don't agree with you? Cue eerie music...I predict that you will start to fill your postings with snarky little comments that belittle my intelligence and my position on the subject; been there, done that - give it your best shot.
So what if the percentage of GDP - Gross Domestic Product - is more here. I'd except it to be in a capitalist economy. Health care and it's supporting infrastructure is big business.GDP is a reflection of our standard of living and we enjoy the highest standard of living in the world; we demand better care. That's why we are the leaders in medical innovations and research. That's why our cancer survival rate is so much higher then the rest of the world. People may not head here for non life threatening procedures, but they all have one designation in mind for life threatening diseases.
rberq wrote:but the only place he got any useful and common-sense treatment was in India where he had to pay for it all himself.
I bet it it didn't occur to you that you have hit on one of the things conservatives say is the way to truly reform health care in this country. Take the middle man (i.e., the government) out of the equation, let the free market control health care as it should and prices will fall without jeopardizing our standard of health care or our standard of living. OMG - what a concept! Lisa