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U.S. Falls in Economic Freedom Index

Petrus64 Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 5:29 PM
QR posted; "Other countries (e.g. Switzerland, Netherlands, Germany) with universal health care have better waiting times for elective surgery than the US" Germany has a Doctor shortage. My Uncle's doctor works 6-7 days a week 10 to 12 hours a day often. And she gets no overtime for that. She gets paid the same as many working 40 hours a week. That's why they strike often. And again, Switzerland has the best system in the world; Open exchange across 'state' lines where you can pick and choose services. It's what the GOP said would be better than ObamaCare... They were right. btw, all those countries also have food protection laws. We have Monsanto... we're screwed.
cdmsr Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 12:50 PM
The GOP advocated allowing people to buy INSURANCE across state lines. Americans cross state lines for care all the time and -- if they get preapproval -- it is usually covered by insurance.

As to the cross-state insurance idea, look at what happened when banks started doing it with credit cards.
cdmsr Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 12:50 PM
The GOP advocated allowing people to buy INSURANCE across state lines. Americans cross state lines for care all the time and -- if they get preapproval -- it is usually covered by insurance.

As to the cross-state insurance idea, look at what happened when banks started doing it with credit cards.
cdmsr Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 12:51 PM
Sorry for repeats: new mouse is hyper.
cdmsr Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 12:50 PM
The GOP advocated allowing people to buy INSURANCE across state lines. Americans cross state lines for care all the time and -- if they get preapproval -- it is usually covered by insurance.

As to the cross-state insurance idea, look at what happened when banks started doing it with credit cards.
M.Hillinger__aka__QR Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 5:57 PM
" My Uncle's doctor works 6-7 days a week 10 to 12 hours a day often. And she gets no overtime for that. She gets paid the same as many working 40 hours a week. That's why they strike often."

You think it is different in this country?

Petrus64 Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 7:24 PM
Yes... aside from Medicare payments, the Govt didn't decide how much salary is enough in this country...

When it gets bad enough, doctors usually pick up and leave. Wait the the pending shortage here as many are already opting out.
Petrus64 Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 5:32 PM
"Your data is for elective surgery. "

, following a marked deterioration in wait times during the 1990s when surgical waits grew steadily from 9.3 weeks in 1993 to 14 weeks in 1999. This year’s median wait of 17.7 weeks is 91 per cent longer than in 1993.

No mention of elective surgery...

Petrus64 Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 5:33 PM
“The existing system is broken. Even monumental increases in government health spending have failed to reduce wait times over the past decade. Equally troubling is the fact that Canadians face some of the longest waits for medical treatment in the developed world.”

M.Hillinger__aka__QR Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 5:51 PM
You have a source for your quotes? I am curious.

Wait time is only one indicator of a health system. Also important is the actual health of the population.

This is a good source for information in a wide variety of indicators.

http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/social-issues-migration-health/health-at-a-glance-2011_health_glance-2011-en
The Heritage Foundation released their annual Index of Economic Freedom, a country-by-country ranking of economic freedom throughout the world. The United States' position in their rankings fell for the fifth year in a row - this time below Denmark - and ranks as the tenth-freest country in the world, in the "mostly free" category.

Hong Kong ranks as the freest country in the world according to the Index, followed by Singapore and Australia. New Zealand and Switzerland round out the top five. Out of the top ten countries, however, only two became more free relative to last year's...