USA has the most cases of Covid-19 in the world. Is this due to it's refusal to implement a universal healthcare system?
USA now has the highest number of people with covid-19 in the world and the third highest death rate.
How much of that is down to the lack of a universal healthcare system like most civilised countries where treatment is free at the point of contact available to all.
USA seems to have a system where if you can afford it OK but if you can't then go away find a dark corner and die.
I heard a US medic yesterday saying he expects 200,000 to die in USA because the most vulnerable people can't afford treatment or Medicare.
In UK most private hospitals have opened their doors and handed over their staff to the NHS to help out.
It would be interesting to see how many hospitals in USA are waving their fees and treating everyone.
- StanleyLv 72 months agoFavourite answer
On the news this morning Trump said, we are expecting a possible 250,000 death in the next 3 weeks. Now will this be old folks, young folks, rich folks, poor folks? HE DIDN'T SAY STEVE. I get what ya saying though about the health care in America.
- ObserverLv 72 months ago
No. Countries that have healthcare systems are in as much trouble as the US. Compare the total population of a country with the number of cases and you will realize that China probable has the highest percentage. You also need to realize there is no vaccine to prevent it and no cure for it. So free care has nothing to do with its transmission.
- FoofaLv 72 months ago
No. As we're seeing it's not a matter of who pays for healthcare but rather that our medical infrastructure isn't big enough to service such a large population. Doesn't matter where the money comes from when there's a shortage of everything from doctors to hospital beds. The US medical system only ever grew large enough to cater to our insured population, if even that. This is why the ACA made it much harder to see your GP...more people with the means to see one of the few physicians we have creates more demand than supply. But this crisis has put these shortages into sharp focus. Meanwhile the entire population of the UK doesn't add up to the numbers we have just in the two states of CA and NY. Fewer people = easier to deal.
- out2lunch4now2Lv 72 months ago
Universal healthcare is not allowed under our Constitution. If you want to pay for healthcare for drunks, smokers, junkies, bed hoppers, baby factories, fat slobs, criminal migrants or anyone else, feel free to do so. Don't tell me I have some responsibility to do so just because you want to. US law requires a medical facility to treat anyone who arrives, already. Once the person is stable, they can be moved to ales expensive facility. People make the choice to buy the latest bling garbage or provide for their own future needs. Choose wisely and live. Choose poorly and accept those consequences.
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- CliveLv 72 months ago
No, because there is no treatment for the virus, so NO system can treat it. How you pay for it is totally irrelevant if there is nothing that CAN be done. All anyone can really do is provide palliative care such as ventilators to help breathing, and of course nowhere started off with oodles of those because there wasn't a need for so many before.
More relevant is being quick off the mark in preventing the virus spreading, so having an authoritarian government that can impose a "lockdown" on people moving about will do more to fight it - like China, which is already seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. The USA, on the other hand, has a president who initially said it was all fake news and didn't do anything. Plus it's also been left up to the states to control movement of people. The UK was also a bit slow to respond but again we're not like China and don't want to be like China.
The big thing that can be done is "stay at home", and you don't need a health care system at all to implement that.
- 2 months ago
Germany, which has the lowest rate of Covid 19 fatalities anywhere in the world, is an insurance based system like that of the US. The difference in Germany is that insurance is mandatory. For reasons that are almost impossible to understand, Americans are not forced to buy insurance. That pushes the cost up for everyone and is the problem.
- u_bin_calledLv 72 months ago
here's a hint...
is this a new thought or a case of current events affirming an opinion you already had?
- MogLv 72 months ago
Yes. The lack of a national healthcare system is a national security risk.
- Anonymous2 months ago
So, you think after 80,000 cases, china just stopped getting new cases overnight? LOL!!! Sucks to be as stupid as you.