The Commonwealth Fund released yet another misleading study yesterday pretending to show that America has a worse healthcare system than six other countries, including Britain and Canada…which just happen to be the poster children of national healthcare.
“Most troubling, the U.S. fails to achieve better health outcomes than the other countries, and as shown in the earlier editions, the U.S. is last on dimensions of access, patient safety, coordination, efficiency, and equity.”
The sycophantic media have already churned out more than 250 articles on the “study.” Time headlined it: "US spends more, but gets less”.
Less? Please. As I wrote last time the press leaped on the silly Commonwealth Report: What should count most when it comes to measuring healthcare is quality of care. Commonwealth ranks the U.S. number one in “provision and receipt of preventive and patient-centered care.” But sneakily, this crucial factor is buried underneath more socialist categories like “equity” and “access.”
America has a relative free health care system. That’s why it provides most of the world’s innovation. But freedom brings inequity. Of course America ranks poorly on the Commonwealth’s silly study.
Shame on the media for giving this bogus report so much play.