Once again, we see the current state of US healthcare at the forefront in the news. What’s the current state? Read on…
In a nutshell, we have the world’s most expensive healthcare and only middle-of-the-pack outcomes on key metrics. Yes, you can argue about why or lament just how sick our patients are…but, bottom line, we’re a long way off.
Take a look at the excerpt and the opinion piece below to learn more about the current state of US healthcare and what lurks behind the public discourse on the health of our US healthcare system.
Nonetheless, a real debate over healthcare would begin with an accurate diagnosis of our ailing system. We have the world’s most expensive healthcare, and despite the superior quality of American providers, science and technology — our life expectancy and infant mortality rates are the middle of the pack among developed nations. The cost, quality and patient experience of care varies widely among doctors and hospitals. Despite billions of dollars of investments in information technology, medical records still don’t follow patients across providers, and we lack the real-time data insights that fuel quality improvement in other industries. Finally, our healthcare system emphasizes treating people when they are sick — not keeping them well.