The past ten years the United States has been climbing the ranks of countries with the best health care system in the world. The latest polling said that the United States was number 37, behind what seems to be mostly countries with socialist health care systems (Murray).
France, who was ranked number one, has a socialist system. The French were praised in the movie Sickoas having one of the best health care systems in the world, even though their taxes were extremely high. France has around 65 million citizens, and every single one is born with full health care coverage (Nation Master-French Health Statistics). The government will pay people to go to the homes of new mothers at least twice a week (Sicko). These domestic assistantswill and clean, do laundry, cook, and whatever else the mother asks the domestic assistants to do. (Sicko) The French go to college, expense-free, and do not have to pay any medical expenses. (Sicko)
Even the United Kingdom, who was ranked number eighteen, has a socialist system (Murray).Their doctors are government paid, and have annual earnings of around £85,000, not including their pension (Sicko). In summation, doctors in the United Kingdom earn around £100,000 a year (Sicko). They also get bonuses based on the health of their patients. If their patients have low-blood pressure, or don’t smoke they get bonuses from the government (Sicko). These countries who are what many see to be, equal to the United States are doing far better than we are; why? Well, their people are living longer than Americans are, and they do not have the burden of paying a $200,000 hospital bill every time they get sick.
Not only are countries equal within the ranks of having constitutional demcrocacy’s, to the United States, ranked higher than we are in health care but countries who are third-world, and some who are seen as poor are doing better than we are because they have a socialist system as their basis.
Norway, who currently has a GDP, of -.6 has a life expectancy of 93 years, which is far superior to the United States at the moment (The world Bank) The US has a GDP of 2.1 but, a life expectancy of only 78 years (The World Bank). Norway has one of the oldest socialist health care systems in the world. Their unemployment is even far lower than the US with Norway ranking in with 3.2 percent unemployment in 2009 dropping from 4.4 in 2004 (The World Bank). The US has an unemployment rate of 9.3 percent in 2009 increasing from 5.5 percent in 2004 (The World Bank). Norway isn’t the only country doing better than the United States. Cuba is considered a third-world country, which means that they are poor, and seen as impoverished compared to many other countries (The World Bank). Cuba has a life expectancy of 79 years, and a current growing GDP of 7.2.
Although, the United States is seen as superior to the likes of Cuba, and Norway we are further behind both when it comes to health care. The thought of having a socialist health care system scares many American’s but, in the long run it can be of a great help to our citizen’s. Less people would be dying because they can’t afford to pay for their medicines, or be in debt because their hospital bills cost them their home, and all of their savings. The United States is a great country, but we have a lot of room for improvement. It seems to me that although it seems that a socialist health care system is a bad idea because it raises taxes, it also raises our life expectancy. How can you put a price on someone’s life?