Loving on a healthcare system

Data from https://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/2019/apr/considering-single-payer-proposals-lessons-from-abroad
Infographic from https://www.cihi.ca/en/commonwealth-fund-survey-2016-infographic

Happy with healthcare?

So I started to wonder, are Canadians really happy with their healthcare? Or more important, of all the countries that have universal healthcare, which country’s consumers are the most happy? And would that system suit us?

Chart from https://www.commonwealthfund.org/sites/default/files/___media_images_publications_fund_report_2014_june_davis_mirror_2014_es1_for_web_h_511_w_740.jpg

Looking at diabetes: a big healthcare issue

Diabetes effects a huge number of US and takes up a huge amount of resources, as this infographic from “The Cost of Diabetes” highlights:

Infographic from http://www.diabetes.org/assets/img/advocacy/2018-cost-of-diabetes.jpg
Table 1 from https://bmchealthservres.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1472-6963-10-169/tables/1
From report https://secure.cihi.ca/free_products/oecd-diabetes-report-2015_en.pdf
Chart from askepticalhuman.com/politics/2018/9/10/debunking-right-wing-healthcare-myths-wait-times-rationing

It’s not just the wait — costs count up

What was more surprising to me is the amount of folks in all forms of healthcare plans who were skipping medical appointment because of costs, as noted in the article “When Cutting Access to Health Care, There’s a Price to Pay”:

Infographic from https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/27/business/economy/health-care-senate-mortality.html

More consumer case studies

What would be really great is some case studies of lower-middle class individuals who have Type II Diabetes and what is it like navigating their healthcare system. Are they getting seen? Are they getting their medications? Are they getting better? Are they improving the quality of their lives? What happens when there’s a medical or financial setback? Are they happy with their healthcare? Do they think someone from the US would be happy with their system?



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