American Health Care is the Best in the World

Health CareThe American Health Care system is the best in the world. Everybody knows that. Why else would foreign dignitaries come here for their health care? You hear about it all the time. But I don’t have to rely on anecdotal evidence for my proof. I have actual proof.

We spend more on health care than basically anyone else, no matter how you measure it. As a percent of our GDP, we spend 45% more than our closest competitor. Just look at the 2007 statistics:

2007: Health care as percent of GDP

That’s incredible. We are at least 45% better at health care than France, Switzerland, Germany, and the rest of the industrialized world.

And if you look at the annual amount we spend (in USD) per capita it becomes even more impressive:

2007: Health care per capita cost (USD)We spend at least 53% more (at $7,290 per annum) than the closest competitor, if you look at the raw per capita cost. That may sound like a lot, but it breaks down to only $19.97 per day (per person) and it guarantees the best health care in the world.

And I know what you’re going to say: “Just because we spend more on health care, that doesn’t mean that we get better health care.” First, it never ceases to amaze me that people can be that naïve, and then that vocal about it on the internet. Second, it’s a well established fact that the more you pay for something, the better it is. That’s why a Mercedes is better than a Kia. That’s why filet mignon is better than horse meat. It’s simple cause and effect: if you pay more for something, that makes it better. I’ll repeat that to let it sink in:

If you pay more for something, that makes it better.

That’s why we call dollars bucks, which is a misspelling of BUQs, or Basic Units of Quality. Because the quality of the item is directly proportional to the number of BUQs that it costs. That’s just math.

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