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American ‘HealthCare’ System Has Been a Scam for Over Two Decades

What do you call a service which keeps on getting expensive much faster than general monetary inflation but which does not improve? How about calling it a scam. In the past, I have written a few posts about this general area such as the american ‘healthcare’ system is crap, a majority of people now see doctors as no better than credentialed scammers and how life expectancy in USA has always been about class, not race. Yesterday, I came across a tweet in my twitter feed containing a graph which tracked the amount of money spent on healthcare in USA since 1960. Intrigued, I looked up the source and used the more realistic inflation adjusted option. Having seen many other graphs and infographics about the ‘healthcare’ system, I noticed something right away. Here.. have a look at the attached figure to spot what I am talking about.

You might have noticed that the increase in calculated average life-expectancy at birth from world bank data has a peculiar relationship with cost in USA. For starters, the calculated average life-expectancy at birth has improved by just shy of 9 years since 1960. But isn’t that a good thing? Well.. sure, but have a look at how it correlated with cost. It had already reached the 74 year mark in 1981, when the total cost was about 440 billion USD (inflation adjusted)- which is about 1/4th of what it costs now. But it gets better.. or worse. In 1998, the average calculated life-expectancy at birth was 76.6 years and cost about 1,016 billion USD (inflation adjusted). Long story short, average life expectancy has increased by only 2 years over the previous 20 years- but the costs have more than doubled over the same time span.

Even worse, average life-expectancy has been slowly falling over the past two years– but costs keep on going up. While USA spends a bit over 18 % of its GDP on ‘healthcare’, other developed countries achieve significantly better results by spending less than half that amount and their average life expectancy is 3-4 years higher and still rising slowly. So what is happening in the american system? Well many things.. first, the income of doctors started rising a lot after 1980 due to the introduction of billing codes. Impressed by the ability of doctors to extort the system, hospitals joined in the act and used their leverage to out-exploit them starting in the mid-1990s, which is also when pharma got in on the act. So far, none of the three want to stop. And why should they? Too many boomer idiots still want to delude themselves into believing that the american ‘healthcare’ system is the “best in the world”. Keep believing..

What do you think? Comments?

  1. February 10, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    I bet you hindu muffins think this is funny…

    Yeah, I get subsides from the gubbymint…

    I’m part of a marginalized group, and ,yes, I need expensive drugs for my decadence at the bath house…

    …but you wouldn’t know about that mr fancy pants AD, all the ladies you hire make you wear condoms, well real white men in the alt-right don’t use no rubbers…

    Seig Hail !!!

    14 88 !!!

  2. February 11, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    This.Is.Gooddamned.Hom-o-phobia !!!!

    https://www.vice.com/en_au/article/mv9mgq/john-safrans-controversial-book-review

    what gives these hindu muffins the right to judge my lifestyle !!!

    P.S. Real Men don’t use rubbers !!!

    Seig Hail !!!

    14 88 !!!

  3. RT
    February 12, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    Notice that the OP will not write about the Green New Deal, because it spoils his “socialist” ideas.


    Environmentalism, beyond the obvious, is a scam and belief in anthropocentric climate change is a secular apocalyptic cult.

  4. P Ray
    February 12, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    Nice comment here:
    https://old.reddit.com/r/lostgeneration/comments/apln3s/everyones_missing_the_obvious_about_the_declining/

    [–]Novusod 33 points 23 hours ago
    The seven reasons listed in the article.
    1 . The U.S. has the highest maternal mortality rate of all developed countries.
    So much for the best healthcare system in the world. If only the rich can afford good care then what good is it?
    2 . Giving birth in the U.S. is exceedingly expensive.
    $32,000 for a vaginal birth and $51,000 for a C-section. Who can afford that?
    3 . The U.S. has no national mandate for paid parental leave.
    America is the only country in the world where you have to call out “sick” when you go into labor and are expected back at work the next day or face termination.
    4 . Child care can cost as much as rent.
    The national average of child care expenses at $1,500 per month, or $18,000 per year. Who can afford that? On the other hand opening an unlicensed daycare is a pretty good gig. Gig economy to the rescue. /s The person who creates the “Uber of babysitting” app will be the next billionaire.
    5 . Wages have remained nearly stagnant for 40 years.
    Actually declined when you factor in inflation but you will never hear the end of it from boomers. They will tell you how they raised a family on $10/hr and don’t understand why we can’t make it work. Then they blame cell phones and toast.
    6 . We are struggling to make ends meet even before having children.
    Well duh. With six figure student loan debt and rents for tiny apartments unsuitable for raising costing over $1000/mo who can afford anything.
    7 . We’re disillusioned and burned out.
    This is a very under rated reason that is never talked about. It is already too late. We are not 23 anymore. People in their 30s don’t have the same motivation or energy that they once did. This isn’t quarter life crisis. It is mid-life crisis which means kids are out of the question. That boat sailed a long time ago. The only thing we are thinking about now is retirement and how we are going pay for it.

    And to the person talking about environMENTALism …
    Keep on loving “The Green”, but it will only produce children that look like the “Swamp Thing”, if at all.

  5. P Ray
    February 12, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    Nice comment here:
    old.reddit.com/r/lostgeneration/comments/apln3s/everyones_missing_the_obvious_about_the_declining/

    [–]Novusod 33 points 23 hours ago
    The seven reasons listed in the article.
    1 . The U.S. has the highest maternal mortality rate of all developed countries.
    So much for the best healthcare system in the world. If only the rich can afford good care then what good is it?
    2 . Giving birth in the U.S. is exceedingly expensive.
    $32,000 for a vaginal birth and $51,000 for a C-section. Who can afford that?
    3 . The U.S. has no national mandate for paid parental leave.
    America is the only country in the world where you have to call out “sick” when you go into labor and are expected back at work the next day or face termination.
    4 . Child care can cost as much as rent.
    The national average of child care expenses at $1,500 per month, or $18,000 per year. Who can afford that? On the other hand opening an unlicensed daycare is a pretty good gig. Gig economy to the rescue. /s The person who creates the “Uber of babysitting” app will be the next billionaire.
    5 . Wages have remained nearly stagnant for 40 years.
    Actually declined when you factor in inflation but you will never hear the end of it from boomers. They will tell you how they raised a family on $10/hr and don’t understand why we can’t make it work. Then they blame cell phones and toast.
    6 . We are struggling to make ends meet even before having children.
    Well duh. With six figure student loan debt and rents for tiny apartments unsuitable for raising costing over $1000/mo who can afford anything.
    7 . We’re disillusioned and burned out.
    This is a very under rated reason that is never talked about. It is already too late. We are not 23 anymore. People in their 30s don’t have the same motivation or energy that they once did. This isn’t quarter life crisis. It is mid-life crisis which means kids are out of the question. That boat sailed a long time ago. The only thing we are thinking about now is retirement and how we are going pay for it.

    And to the person talking about environMENTALism …
    Keep on loving “The Green”, but it will only produce children that look like the “Swamp Thing”, if at all.

  1. March 10, 2019 at 11:02 am

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