The US gets the least amount of value per investment than any other country. Canada is 3x the ROI, UK is 2x.
The main problem with the US Healthcare “System” is that the value we obtain for our insane investment is atrocious. This chart highlights this nicely.
Healthcare delivery is a process. If we have no “System” to facilitate this process, that’s sort of like asking a bunch of disconnected, independent auto workers to find a place and come together on their own accord to build a ton of cars. Sure, they could build cars. It would take a ton of time and would be astronomically expensive, but it could be done. That’s sort of like healthcare in America. The ROI for a disconnected, perversely incented system shouldn’t even be measured. Like Obama says, “its kind of like the Special Olympics.”
Here’s the definition of system:
1 a set of connected things or parts forming a complex whole, in particular
So…no…we have no healthcare “System” in America. We have a healthcare industry.
We need a System.