Wednesday, July 10, 2013

HEALTHCARE FOR PROFIT - NOT HEALTHCARE


NOT A HEALTHY SYSTEM
Johann Wagener 7-10-13

Life expectancy in some parts of the US are no better than 3rd world countries. Healthcare for profit is not focused on health, but on the bottom line. Politicians that pander to healthcare providers would like to have you believe that we have the best system in the world while at the same time studies say the opposite is true.

Being the richest and most powerful nation in the world does nothing to improve health or life expectancy when those who provide it are primarily concerned on making a profit which is concentrated on an elite group of wealthy people.

Americans live a little longer, still lag other rich countries - NBC News.com

The biggest survey of U.S. health in 15 years breaks down death, disease and disability county by county – and makes some very unflattering comparisons to other countries. It’s a big, comprehensive dive into what kills us and what makes us sick.

It finds that how healthy you are depends on where you live. If you live in a rich area like San Francisco, Colorado or the suburbs of Washington D.C., you’re likely as healthy as the Swiss or Japanese. If you live in Appalachia or the rural South, you’re likely to be as unhealthy as people in Algeria or Bangladesh.

Our biggest enemies are our own bad habits – poor diet, smoking and obesity.