Is Big Business Healthcare Making Us Sick?

July 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

Join us Thursday, July 12 at 6:30 pm at the Parkway United Church of Christ for an expert panel discussion on the state of health care in our nation and how it is affecting us. Topics of this panel discussion should include Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, contraception, health care as a business, the financial status of non-profit hospitals and how community investment is monitored. Scheduled speakers include Dr. Johnathan Kotch, award-winning and distinguished professor of the UNC Chapel Hill Dept. of Public Health , and Dr. Gus Montana, both members of Health Care for All, NC
Meet with us at 6:30 for refreshment – discussion will begin at 7:00.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the United States spent more on health care per capita ($7,146), and more on health care as percentage of its GDP (15.2%), than any other nation in 2008. The USA pays twice as much on health care. Currently, the USA has a higher infant mortality rate than most of the world’s industrialized nations, and in the United States life expectancy is 42nd in the world, after Chile (35th) and Cuba (37th). The World Health Organization (WHO), in 2000, ranked the U.S. health care system as the highest in cost, first in responsiveness, 37th in overall performance, and 72nd by overall level of health (among 191 member nations included in the study). 49.9 million residents, 16.3% of the population, were uninsured in 2010. A 2004 OECD report said: “With the exception of Mexico, Turkey, and the United States, all OECD countries had achieved universal or near-universal (at least 98.4% insured) coverage of their populations by 1990. The 2004 IOM report observed “lack of health insurance causes roughly 18,000 unnecessary deaths every year in the United States.”]while a 2009 Harvard study estimated that 44,800 excess deaths occurred annually due to lack of health.

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