Health Care, again, but this time real people talking…

… in a real comment thread. Only authenticity from this blog…

Check out this Crooked Timber thread. The post itself is so-so, but the comments starting here are pretty good.

Slocum writes:

The idea that only flinty-eyed capitalists try to deny or delay treatment and that this never happen with government funded health systems is ridiculous.

and abb1, a regular commentator at CT, replies:

In the for-profit case only financial considerations apply. In the government case financial aspect is one among many.

My take is that “financial considerations apply” (in the first order, which I think is what the abbster is talking about) only when corporations are myopic. Pissing off customers isn’t a great business strategy, especially if the corporation wants to keep its customers. In fact,

[p]eople in the U.S. are probably much more satisfied with our health care system than Moore’s overly pessimistic portray of overwhelming dissatisfaction. For example, 88% of Americans say their own health care coverage is excellent or good, and 89% are satisfied with the quality of care they receive (see chart above). If about American 250 million people are insured, that means that there are about 225 million people in the U.S. who are satisfied with their coverage and medical care – and this overwhelming majority of satisfied American never made it into the movie.

It’s true that Americans express lower levels of satisfaction when asked about “health care in the country as a whole,” and 80% are dissatisfied with health care costs and 54% are dissatisfied with the “quality of health care.” In other words, according to Reason, “Insured Americans are overwhelmingly (89%) satisfied with their own care, while broadly concerned about rising costs of prescription drugs and critical of the care others receive.”

Here’s that Reason article and if you read the Carpe Diem post you’ll find he has an interesting prescription for curing American health care. I won’t ruin the surprise but it has to do with the artelCay of octorDays.

6 thoughts on “Health Care, again, but this time real people talking…”

  1. I didn’t get “They are satisfied with the quality of care they receive but disatisfied about “health care in the country as a whole,” with health care costs, and with the “quality of health care.” part. Could you give me more explanation for what they meant by “as a whole”?

  2. Duh. You can derive the correct answer by averaging your answers. This is true in any scientific field.

    Of course, in America, you run a 1 in 5 chance of getting a “divide by 0” error when you attempt this operation.

  3. Erm… This is NOT an artifact of averaging. Everybody thinks everyone else is getting bad health care. Everybody also thinks they, themselves, are getting good health care.

    Yes, people are mis-perceiving the situation in one way or another.

  4. Um, no. If I conclude that 2+2 = 6, and you conclude that 2+2 = 4, then the most likely answer is that 2+2 = 5. It’s the most equitable answer, and serves the most people. Sure, it’s not perfect, but what is? Do you have a better answer? I mean, sure, you can dig in your heels and insist on your right wing totalitarian maths, but I thought you distrusted authority. Besides, you’ll never make any friends that way.

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