Are Americans Getting What They Pay For In Health Care?
By: Patrick Mansfield | U.S. Health Alerts

Although the quality of healthcare in the United States is as high as anywhere else in the modern world, the state of paying for healthcare makes many of us ask: Are Americans getting what they pay for in healthcare?

Child Mortality Rates In The United States Are Shockingly High

The United States has the worst child mortality rate among a group of 20 wealthy democracies, according to a study published in HealthAffairs, an academic journal of peer-reviewed research.
In comparison to other countries the report cited, teenagers between 15 and 19 years of age were 820% more likely to perish from homicide involving guns in the United States than in other societies.

Further, the average infant's chance of dying was 76 higher in the United States. In general, the average child's chance of dying, when between ages 1 and 19, was 57 percent greater than when compared to other, highly developed nations. 

The Health Affairs report indicated that "the United States had more than 600,000 excess deaths among kids," as part of an overarching failure of the United States to curb child mortality.

Healthcare Isn't A Universal Human Right In The United States

Fourty-Nine developed countries around the world have universal healthcare for their constituents, although the highly developed United States of America, conversely, does not consider healthcare to be a human right. 

Politicians consider healthcare to be an entitlement, a category of things American politicians typically want to cut back when it comes to government spending.

A Brief History Of Healthcare As A Human Right.

Shortly after the close of World War II, the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights considered the right to health as being a fundamental human right. Similarly, the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights expressed the same view.

Healthcare Is Also Considerably More Expensive In America Than In Europe

Let's take into consideration some meaningful, eye-opening statistics regarding the comparison of the status of healthcare in the United States with that of Europe.

Total healthcare costs per capita in the United States averaged  $10,348.

Conversely, ten highly modern nations with both more favorable healthcare outcomes and lower costs of healthcare featured an average cost of healthcare of only $4,386 per capita.

From 1996 to 2013, the economy grew a paltry 2.4 percent, year-on-year growth. Conversely, healthcare costs within the United States of America grew from $1.2 to $2.1 trillion, adjusted for inflation, calculated at a rate of 4 percent annual growth, much higher than the country's economic counterpart.

With the cost of healthcare in the United States outpacing the entire economy by a longshot, it only makes sense that the average citizen's quality of healthcare received would be leaps and bounds higher than ever before.

Unfortunately, this assumption is false. The average American's life expectancy is declining, although the can't be said for some of the world's most advanced countries, including the UK, France, Australia, and Germany.

One Factor To Blame Could Be The Soaring Pay Of Physicians

Specialists in the United States can gross more than $400,000 per year. This exorbitantly high salary is about twice as much as general practitioners' - "family doctors" - salaries. The average salaries of physicians in specialties can be upwards of 40 percent less in other highly developed countries. Manufacturers of prescription drugs are also earning astronomical profits, raising roughly 17 percent in the past decade. 

Even worse, one night's hospital stay in the United States can be a whopping 60 percent higher than in other countries. 

So, are Americans getting what they pay for in healthcare? 
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