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Seven Countries You Don't Want To Get Sick In

Seven Countries You Don't Want To Get Sick In

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It's become fashionable to criticize the United States health care system, but research shows that Americans take their ‘generally functioning’ market for health care for granted. To prove it, we assembled a list of the seven countries you definitely don’t want to get sick in (in no particular order). Travelers, beware!

India

One news website reports that health care is so scarce and fought over in India that people literally sell their belongings just to getto the hospitals, never mind pay for the care they need!

“But in these overcrowded hospitals, they must first battle serpentine lines to see specialists, wait months to undergo tests and surgeries, and spend more than they can afford for board and lodging. Many sick people never gather the resources needed to make the journey and tens of thousands of others borrow money or sell assets to cover expenses.”

Source: http://www.voanews.com/english/archive/2006-05/2006-05-03-voa32.cfm

Canada

Canada is a typical example of how socialized medicine can sound nice in theory but absolutely train wreck in practice. Yahoo! news reports that patient wait times for medical procedures were the longest of the seven countries they surveyed. A significant portion of the population faces waits of six months or longer for certain surgical procedures!

“Only 22 per cent of Canadians survey say they could get a same-day appointment when they're sick. Thirty percent - by far the highest among the countries - say they had to wait six days or more.

And 15 per cent reported waits of six months or more for non-emergency surgery.”

Source: http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/071101/health/health_health_survey

England

England is surprisingly deficient in health care for a nation so industrial and modernized. One college professor warns that women especially are at risk!

“Among women with breast cancer, for example, there’s a 46 percent chance of dying from it in Britain, versus a 25 percent chance in the United States. Britain has one of worst survival rates in the advanced world,” writes Bartholomew, “and America has the best.”

Source: http://capmag.com/article.asp?ID=4157

Cuba

Despite Michael Moore's latest movie arguing to the contrary, the health care picture in Cuba is far from rosy. In fact, the glamorous testimonials and photographs the media prints are from Cuba's elite hospitals, where top-ranking government officials and celebrities go. The mass public toils in hospitals that can't even be bothered to supply food to patients.

“The hospitals dedicated to the health of regular citizens are a disaster,” said Cordova, who was sent to work in Zimbabwe and defected in 2000. At these hospitals, Cubans bring personal items such as towels, bed sheets, soap and even food, he said.”

Source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19414097/

Burma

This little-known South Asian nation has one of the most abominable health care setups in recorded history. The country is so crippled by corruption and regime change that a functioning market for health care simply does not exist.

“They travel for days though checkpoints, across dangerous roads and past Myanmar's bribe-hungry soldiers to make it to the Thai border. They're not refugees fleeing the junta - they simply want to see a doctor.

Myanmar has one of the world's worst health care systems, with tens of thousands dying each year from malaria, tuberculosis, AIDS, dysentery, diarrhea and a litany of other illnesses.”

Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/28/AR2007102800379_pf.html

France

A Wall Street Journal blog post wonders “Is French Health care Really Better?” That's because while France's system appears healthy from afar, economic indicators are frightening:

“...the national insurance system has been running deficits since 1985 — it currently stands at $13.5 billion. And practicing medicine in France often isn’t lucrative — French doctors earn on average one-third the pay of their U.S. Counterparts.”

This gives cause for concern that the health care system as it currently stands may not be sustainable going into the future!

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/informedreader/2007/06/29/is-french-health-care-really-better/

China

The New York Times casts doubt on the quality of health care in China. Why? Read this real-life account of one family's experience and ask yourself if you would entrust your loved ones to this system:

“The relatives scraped together enough money for four days in the hospital. But when Mr. Jin, 36, failed to improve, they were forced to move him to an unheated and scantily equipped clinic on the outskirts of Fuyang where stray dogs wandered the grimy, unlighted halls.”

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/14/international/asia/14health.html

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