The US health care system has ranked low on the totem pole for too long.  It’s questionable if Obama Care will help the ranking by much in the future.  According to Bloomberg’s article in September of 2016, the US ranked 50 out of 55 countries in the world.   In 2014, the life expectancy was 78.9 and the average cost on healthcare per person was $9,403, about 17.1 of the GDP.

The countries that rank the highest seem to have mandatory healthcare.  After the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare) went into effect, the US was required to have some kind of healthcare or pay a penalty.  Unfortunately, not everyone in the US can afford Obamacare and have taken their chances paying less in penalties. 

Ironically, the countries that rank the highest have a number of their doctors, who went to universities in US.  There are so many factors and variant that count against the U.S, compared to others, so one has to ask if the ranking is equally fair.

The US has the highest obesity rate in the world.  Everyone knows the old saying, “You are what you eat”, and it could not be truer.  The U.S. has the worst “food disorder”/ “food care” in the world.  Unfortunately, it targets the people who suffer the most economically.  Not everyone can afford to buy all organic or have the time to grow their own but thankfully, more and more people are becoming more aware of the benefits and the idea or organics is on the rise.  In fact, more grocery stores have opened up their eyes to the demand and are offering it more and at more affordable price.  But, for those on a tight budget, the organic choice is not an option and the foods that come on their menu come with pesticides, hormones and Monsanto.  Too boot, because the US is such a capitalistic society, commercials and media push fast and junk food like there is no tomorrow.  Food is essential to health, so how does this impact the health care as a whole?

The US has Pharmaceutical masterminds of the world and the US utilizes it the most.  For a good portion of the rest of the world, they still rely on therapies and drugs that have been around for hundreds and even thousands of years.  They utilize old fashion pharmacy or compounding, using alternative, natural and Chines medicine.  The side effects are null in comparison to the synthetic drugs of the US.  But not to say that all pharmaceutical drugs are bad. There are numerous drugs that have saved people’s lives.  There are numerous maintenance drugs that people cannot live without, so it’s a good thing.  But with every good thing, there is bad.  Profit will always come first before healthcare.  

Another interesting aspect is that there are a number of drugs that have been developed in the US or abroad, which have had extremely successful results, with little risk or no side effects, but will never get approved by the FDA in the US.  

For a country, whose health care ranks very low, it’s odd to find that it has the highest ranked hospitals in the world, which means they have the highest rated doctors.  So, in turn, these doctors are providing the best quality healthcare, right?  Not all the time. Because of health care cost, the insurance companies have to dictate what these doctors can and cannot do.  It sometimes can be a catch twenty-two.  But sometimes, the doctors can talk their way through the insurance companies to approve what is necessary.  

One’s health is usually up to one’s individual choice, but when there is lack of education, quality food choices or availability and limited options of drug therapy, the pull of ranking, compared to the rest of the world may always stay lower.  

In Denmark, people are happy to pay the price of healthcare and in turn they were ranked number one.  But they all share the load.  In the US, you are mostly on your own.  

We are on the verge of some of the most amazing advances in science but it’s going to come at a price. With advances of 3D printers, stem cell therapy, gene therapy and more, life will improve by ten folds for so many people.  How will the expenses of these future therapies and procedure affect the price of insurance?

In the US, there have been some advanced procedures tested and used successfully for over ten years that the FDA will not approve.  These types of procedures could eliminate an individual from having to take a prescription every again or go through annual, bi, tri annual procedures that cost a lot of money.  Some of these things do not make sense but it does for profit.  

The US does not need to change its government to match the rest of the world.  If it could open the eyes to many individuals about how they are eating, exercising and treating their bodies, the ranking would go up.  If the US government could take a harder look at prescriptions, procedures and therapies that are close to 100% successful and will decrease cost, the ranking would go up.  The private insurance companies are gearing up for the future but the governmental changes with Obama care have impacted them.  There is cleaning up there, as well as cutting costs.  Why does the US pay more than anyone else?  If that changed, the ranking would go up, just a thought.