Health Care Privatization Unlike a Term Paper

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Surgeons in Canada report that, for heart patients, the danger of dying on the waiting list now exceeds the danger of dying on the operating table. Emergency rooms there are so overcrowded that patients awaiting treatment frequently line the corridors. Not only is there a long wait for care, but care is frequently denied to patients who prognosis is poor. In Britain kidney dialysis is generally denied patients over the age of 55. At least 1,500 Britons die each year because of lack of dialysis.

Countries with national health care systems also lag far behind the U.S. In the availability of modern medical technology. In Canada, high-technology medicine is virtually unavailable. In addition to being biased against new medical technologies, national health care systems generally discriminate against nontraditional practitioners, such as naturopaths and chiropractors.

It is true that Canada spends only about nine percent of its GDP on health care, while U.S. costs are fourteen percent of GDP. However, these numbers are misleading because the Canadian GDP grew at double the rate of the U.S. between 1967 and 1987. Therefore, comparison of health spending should be adjusted to compensate for the different rates of economic growth. and, additional adjustments should be made for such factors as population growth; general inflation; currency exchange rates; the larger U.S. elderly population; higher U.S. rates of violent crime, poverty, AIDS, and teen pregnancy; and greater U.S. investment in research and development. When all such factors are taken into account, Canadian health spending is about the same as U.S. health spending.

What national health care does is expand coverage to all by raising taxes, rationing services and limiting modern medicine. The only people that are really better off are the uninsured with everyone else footing their bill and sacrificing their own health care. This isn't a good option for most working Americans.

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http://www.pnhp.org/nhibill/nhi_financing.html (Accessed 9 Feb. 2005).

Health Care Policy Issues. Sept. 2004. Available:

http://www.newsbatch.com/healthcare.htm (Accessed 9 Feb. 2005).

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