In This Issue:
U.S. Health Care System: Worst in the World?
The below story
was from this month's issue of the NYK Patient
Newsletter. Each month we present patients and the
community with real healthcare and chiropractic news.
This past issue contained four stories that reported on
chiropractic research and other positive new stories on
chiropractic. The other two stories included one on the
waste and failure of the H1N1vaccine program, and the
second is the story reprinted below. The consuming
public demands good solid information. Fluff pieces on
back pain no longer change minds. The NYK Real-News
newsletter will continue to deliver hard healthcare news
to our doctor's patients, and their community. Enjoy the
Multiple news sources
have reported on a study released on June 23, 2010 by
the Commonwealth Fund, a New York-based private
foundation focused on health, concluding that American
healthcare ranks highest in cost and last in performance
among seven industrialized nations. The above headline
comes from one of those stories that was published on
June 24, 2010 in "The Week".
June 23, 2010 Reuters news story starts off with the
ominous statement, "Americans spend twice as much as
residents of other developed countries on healthcare,
but get lower quality, less efficiency and have the
least equitable system." The Commonwealth Fund's
president, Karen Davis PhD., stated, "On many measures
of health system performance, the U.S. has a long way to
go to perform as well as other countries that spend far
less than we do on healthcare, yet cover everyone. It is
disappointing, but not surprising, that despite our
significant investment in health care, the U.S.
continues to lag behind other countries.”
The factors looked at in
the Commonwealth report were quality, efficiency, access
to care, equity and the ability to lead long, healthy,
productive lives. The study noted that Americans spend
$7,290 per person for healthcare which is twice as much
as any other country studied in the survey conducted in
2007. The study reported that New Zealanders spent the
least at $2,454 per person, while in the other 5
countries the amount spent on healthcare per person was
$3,357 for Australians, $3,895 for Canadians, $3,588 for
Germans, $3,837 for the Dutch and $2,992 for the
According to a June 23,
2010 Wall Street Journal article on the report, there
are several key findings that need improving. They are:
- The U.S. ranked last
in measures of safe care (an indicator of quality),
cost-related access problems, efficiency, equity and
the long, healthy lives measure.
- A full 54% of U.S.
adults with chronic health conditions said they didn’t
fill or complete a prescription, get a recommended
test or treatment or visit a doctor when needed due to
- Of those same adults
with chronic problems, 19% said they’d visited an ER
for something that a regular doctor could have handled
had one been available. In Germany and the
Netherlands, that rate was 6%.
- The U.S. has the
highest “mortality amenable to health care” rate (from
2002-03), at 110 per 100,000 population. Australia was
lowest, with 71 per 100,000. (That rate refers to the
number of deaths before age 75 from ischemic heart
disease, diabetes, stroke and bacterial infections.)
- We ranked no higher
than fourth on anything — for effective care and
In the Commonwealth study
executive summary, the authors clearly state the
problems with the US healthcare system when they say,
"The U.S. health system is the most expensive in the
world, but comparative analyses consistently show the
United States underperforms relative to other countries
on most dimensions of performance. Among the seven
nations studied—Australia, Canada, Germany, the
Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the
United States—the U.S. ranks last overall, as it did in
the 2007, 2006, and 2004 reports."
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This Saturday, July 17th, 2010
Are you ready for an
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last year's event). Philosophy on the Farm combines an
evening of discovery on the innate world of animals with
discovery and enrichment of the chiropractic philosophy.
This year's speaker
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and two main program speakers. The main speakers are Dr. Gary Walsemann and Dr. DD Humber, with a special
guest Dr. Sid Williams. There will also be some surprise
guest speakers as well!
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