At least we’re still ahead of Liberia.
The United States ranks near the bottom for infant survival rates among modernized nations. A Save the Children report last year placed the United States ahead of only Latvia, and tied with Hungary, Malta, Poland and Slovakia.
The same report noted the United States had more neonatologists and newborn intensive care beds per person than Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom — but still had a higher rate of infant mortality than any of those nations.
To no one’s surprise, babies born to black mothers die two and a half times as frequently as those born to white mothers, a stark indication of the continuing influence of racism, and probably even more of disparities in income.
…finding out that you’re covered by Medicaid when you show up at an emergency room isn’t at all the same thing as receiving regular medical care.
Beyond that, a large fraction of the population — about one in four nonelderly Americans, according to a Consumer Reports survey — is underinsured, with “coverage so meager they often postponed medical care because of costs.”
So, yes, lack of insurance is a very big problem, a problem that reaches deep into the middle class.
Here’s the part I keep missing, somehow. Why are people so excited about insurance? I can’t remember the last time I needed health insurance. What I need is health care, and I don’t want any damn insurance company making money off that need. In fact I think they should have to pay me for putting up with their existence.
Public subsidy, private profit, that’s the American system. Or put another way, we’re all about socialism, but it only applies to the costs. Those we’re happy to socialize. The benefits must be privatized, or we’d have the unhappy situation of, say, Cuba, where any random person off the street could get health care.