The United States offers many opportunities in life that many other nations can’t match. Unfortunately, remaining HEALTHY as one ages is not one of these benefits.
When comparing our Health Care System internationally, the U.S. ranked 11th out of 11 nations. We ranked 1st, however, in health care costs per capita (per person.) When looking at the graph above, we spent between 50% to 167% more PER PERSON than any other country while achieving the worst ranking for HEALTHY LIVES. Although the United Kingdom was one of the highest ranking countries in (1) Quality Care, (2) Access, (3) Efficiency, and (4) Equity, it still ranked 10th WORST in HEALTHY LIVES.)
This proves one very simple, yet important fact:
HEALTHY LIVING IS NOT BASED ON (1) PER CAPITA (PER PERSON) SPENDING, (2) QUALITY CARE, (3) ACCESS, (4) EFFICIENCY OR (5) EQUITY IN HEALTH CARE!
Healthy living (to a large extent) is based on individual choices of LIFESTYLE! This graph proves relying on ANY health care system independent of personal lifestyle for long term quality living results in POOR HEALTH OUTCOMES.
Health care systems are primarily designed to ASSIST health imbalances. They are not designed to provide the only supportive component to manage and/or restore health to the body (and mind.) The nations with the HEALTHIEST LIVES (France, Sweden and Switzerland) clearly do not provide the best quality of care (according to the study.) Their citizens, however, take greater responsibility for personal health style choices.
This emphasizes the role of the individual in determining (to a large extent) the quality of health achieved and maintained over one’s lifespan.
Hopefully, the above graph better illustrates this REALITY to help each reader understand that implementing essential lifestyle needs is the basis of HEALTHY LIVING. It is NOT based on the health care system of any nation! The graph also emphasizes how the consumer supports insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies and medical institutions in the United States while receiving an INFERIOR quality of care. Our over priced health care system doesn’t even achieve a longer life expectancy (shown in the graph below.)
(REFERENCE: Washington Post The U.S. ranks 26th for life expectancy, right behind Slovenia)
The moral of the story is simple:
If each of us continues to rely on our doctors and our health care system for healthy living (INDEPENDENT OF OUR INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITIES,) we can expect to pay astronomical fees for INFERIOR quality of services while living UNHEALTHIER SHORTER LIVES.
IF YOU’RE UNWILLING TO CHANGE YOUR LIFESTYLE, WHAT FACTS SUPPORT YOUR BELIEF FOR A BETTER PERSONAL OUTCOME?