Looking For Health In All The Wrong Places: Why the US pays more and gets less

America spends more on healthcare per capita than any other country in world. In 2015, the US devoted 17% of the gross domestic product, more than $3 trillion, to health expenditures. 17% of the GDP is approximately twice the average health cost of the OECD countries. Unfortunately this unsurpassed spending has not made the US number one in health. When compared to the 35 OECD countries, the US ranks 26th in maternal mortality, 27th in life expectancy and 29th in low birth weight. How can we pay so much more and get so much less? To answer this question we must ask another. What are the determinants of health? The literature identifies five major categories: genetics, behavior, social circumstances, environment/physical influences, and health (medical) care. No surprises here. However the relative impact of these categories is anything but common knowledge. Extensive research indicates that approximately 60% of health is determined by social, environmental and behavioral factors, 20% by genetics and 20% by health care. The validity of this breakdown can be appreciated by observing health outcomes in countries where spending is targeted accordingly. You can’t pick your parents and we have not yet mastered technology to change our genes. So…

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Democrat Doofuses & Joker ‘Journalists’ a Match Made In Establishment Heaven

As the corporate media has continued its 24/7 coverage of President-elect Trump, very little serious coverage of the real causes of the Hillary Clinton-led Democratic debacle has been offered. Sunday’s “Meet The Press” was a perfect example. In a discussion about what direction the Democratic Party takes in 2017, moderator Chuck Todd had on the […] …

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RedState’s Water Cooler 12/26/16 – Open Thread – Christmas in the Trenches

While today is known in a large part of the English-speaking world as Boxing Day, for students of military history December 26 is known as the day after one of the most remarkable events in the annals of warfare. If you’re a student of history, you’ve probably heard the story by now — but it’s still well worth repeating in my view. On December 7, | Read More »
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