News of the abhorrent U.S. healthcare system already circulates regularly – we rank dead last when compared to ten other countries who spend less on the health of their people. A drug sold in Switzerland costs five times less than the same drug sold in the states.
It’s fairly well accepted that the U.S. is the most expensive healthcare system in the world, but many continue to falsely assume that we pay more for healthcare because we get better health (or better health outcomes). The evidence, however, clearly doesn’t support that view.
The report itself is fairly short (32 pages), but included prior surveys and national health system scorecards as well as data from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The report also included a list of major findings — including these:
Quality: The indicators of quality were grouped into four categories: effective care, safe care, coordinated care, and patient-centered care. Compared with the other 10 countries, the U.S. fares best on provision and receipt of preventive and patient-centered care.
Access: Not surprisingly — given the absence of universal coverage — people in the U.S. go without needed health care because of cost more often than people do in the other countries.
Efficiency: On indicators of efficiency, the U.S. ranks last among the 11 countries, with the U.K. and Sweden ranking first and second, respectively. The U.S. has poor performance on measures of national health expenditures and administrative costs as well as on measures of administrative hassles, avoidable emergency room use, and duplicative medical testing.
Equity: The U.S. ranks a clear last on measures of equity. Americans with below-average incomes were much more likely than their counterparts in other countries to report not visiting a physician when sick; not getting a recommended test, treatment, or follow-up care; or not filling a prescription or skipping doses when needed because of costs. On each of these indicators, one-third or more lower-income adults in the U.S. said they went without needed care because of costs in the past year.
Healthy lives: The U.S. ranks last overall with poor scores on all three indicators of healthy lives — mortality amenable to medical care, infant mortality, and healthy life expectancy at age 60. Overall, France, Sweden, and Switzerland rank highest on healthy lives.
by Christina Sarich
We pay exorbitantly for the exact same product, all while pharmaceutical companies target natural cures for health issues as varied as the common cold and cancer. Just in case you aren’t completely convinced, we have the worst healthcare system in the world – but there’s something we can do about it.
Since Obamacare was rolled out, we’ve spent more than 17 percent of our GDP on healthcare costs, and these costs are expected to accelerate every year through the next decade, unless our new president (and we) do something about it. You’d think with over $3 trillion in spending every year, and the highest rates of spending on healthcare in civilized nations around the world, we’d be the healthiest people on the planet, but that simply isn’t true.
Pharmaceutical lobbyists pour billions into our government trying to sway members of Congress and the FDA to approve their drugs. Biotech companies sell farmers on the lie that if they plant genetically modified food, doused in agrichemicals, they can grow more food for less cash – but that’s been patently proven to be false and utterly illogical. Our soil has been stripped of all its nutrients for the industrial model of farming. And our doctors charge more for services than ever, but a typical doctor’s visit amounts to less than fifteen minutes in front of your physician. What in the world has gone so wrong?
How do we fix a system that is so broken? We become health rebels. We take back our health, but also take responsibility for how we treat our bodies, minds, and souls. We stop looking to the ‘system’ to pay for our drugs, or free us from chemotherapy. We help others to wake up and see that true health begins with small steps we take every day to feel more alive and vibrant. We also demand that we stop being poisoned.
How do we fix the healthcare system? I have a few suggestions:
Make meditation available to everyone.
That means that in corporate offices, and schools just as much as at home, we demand time to be silent and practice mindfulness. Why? The scientific documentation for the ways that meditation promotes health are, well, ridiculous at this point. There is so much evidence for practicing meditation that you’d have to be a complete doofus not to realize that it could turn this country’s health back on a positive trend in a heartbeat. This practice lowers our respiratory rates, increases circulation, lowers stress, improves creativity, helps our memory, regulates hormones, and has even been proven to change our DNA. An easy way to save millions every year on healthcare is to start passing out meditation booklets instead of NSAIDs.
Stop pouring concrete over all our green spaces.
Without forests, parks, and green spaces our health suffers. Being in nature allows the prefrontal cortex, the brain’s command center, to dial down and rest, like an overused muscle. It also boosts the immune system, elevates our mood naturally, improves sleep and lowers blood pressure. Children with learning disabilities do better when they spend time in nature. Elderly hospital patients recover faster from disease and shorten hospital stays. Our mood improves. Yet, 85% of people living in America many not have access to green spaces on a regular basis. It’s time to start planning cities around the green, and stop mowing over one of nature’s most amazing gifts.
Bring back learning in the outdoors for school children.
This suggestion goes right along with the previous one. We’ve lost our natural wisdom concerning the cycles of time. Children in German preschools that spend every class outdoors aren’t so obsessed with their digital gadgets that they can’t relate to one another normally. They maintain a sense of awe and magic that can’t be found in video games which means they’ll be less likely to want to sit at a computer all day as they grow older – causing them to be sedentary automatons, ripe for disease.
Give us non–corporatized music.
The music industry has been over-run with the cabal’s agenda. In ancient times music was one of the most healing modalities imaginable, but now it serves only to distract or mind kontrol. Musicians who have mad talent are not given an opportunity to share their gifts, while auto-tuned, photo-shopped robots with painted faces and an ‘image consultant’ along with record company execs determine what type of music they will make and market. It’s time we took the airwaves back, and shared real music with each other. Music has been shown to do everything from relieve pain, to lift our moods, to improve memory and help cancer patients. This healing modality has been overlooked for far too long.
Stop poisoning our water.
Between sodium fluoride, PCBs, chlorine, pharmaceutical drugs, lead, arsenic, aluminum, radioactive particles, and over 60,000 additional contaminants, we’re drinking ourselves sick. Stop trying to profit off bottling our water (Nestlé) and clean it up.
Stop poisoning our food.
If America simply had access to good, clean, non-GMO, pesticide-free, non-processed food, more than half of our healthcare problems would disappear into thin air. There’d be less cancer. Less birth defects. Less autism. We’d experience less endocrine issues, and kidney failure. There would be less obesity and less depression. Food is our medicine, but it has been turned into a poison.
Stop spraying chemtrails in our air.
Pilots, doctors and aviation engineers have all outed the weaponized weather industry. We are being doused with a noxious mix of dessicated blood, poisonous mix of chemicals that includes: barium, nano aluminum-coated fiberglass [known as CHAFF], radioactive thorium, cadmium, chromium, nickel, mold spores, yellow fungal mycotoxins, ethylene dibromide, lithium, polymer fibers, and God knows what else. Why are we spending trillions on healthcare every year? Just look up.
Release free energy.
Aside from helping us escape from the shackles of the petrochemical industry, and being able to light up our homes, and power our electrical devices, free energy is a powerful healing tool. A whole branch of medicine was founded on the healing effects of certain coil frequencies that Nikola Tesla described. These and other healing modalities are being kept from us.
Christina Sarich is a musician, yogi, humanitarian and freelance writer who channels many hours of studying Lao Tzu, Paramahansa Yogananda, Rob Brezny, Miles Davis, and Tom Robbins into interesting tidbits to help you Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and *See the Big Picture*. Her blog is Yoga for the New World . Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing The Body And Mind Through The Art Of Yoga.