A new study by the Commonwealth Fund, a non-profit research group, was reported in the July 17, 2008 New York Times. The reporter, Reed Abelson, states "that the United States spends more than twice as much on each person for health care as most other industrialized countries." Unforunately, despite this large expenditure of money, the access to health care in the U.S. has declined, so that about seventy-five million people most likely lack adequate heatlh insurance or are uninsured. Also, "the cost and quality of care vary drastically". We rank last in preventable mortality. France, Japan, and Australia rank the best.
It is puzzling that the reporter states that "the adminstrative costs of the medical insurance system consume much more of the current health care dollar, about 7.5 percent, than in other countries.' I would disagree strongly with this statement. It has been well documented by numerous studies that medical administrative costs take thirty percent of the health care dollar. I'm not sure who came up with 7.5 percent, unless it is a typo?
I was fascinated that the representative of the insurance industry, Karen Ignagni, blamed the high cost of administration on "additional services provided by United States insurers , like disease management programs etc.' I have never heard of any preventative programs sponsored by an insurance company. Their only interest is in denying as much coverage as possible to as many people in possible, so they can fill their pockets with more and more money.