US HEALTH CARE – LAST AMONG SEVEN INDUSTRIALIZED NATIONS
The rate of growth in American health care costs has, in fact, outpaced our Gross Domestic Product for decades.
US HEALTH CARE COSTS SOAR AS % OF GDP - HIGHEST ON THE LIST
In 1940, the total spending for health care was only 4.5% of GDP. In 1990, it rose to 12.2%, and in 2005 American health care spending soared to 16% or about $2 trillion and $6,697 per person. This was far more than any other nation. In 2010, health care spending is approaching 18% of GDP. Health care costs are out of control and now amount to nearly $8,000 in the U.S. per capita.
QUALITY OF US HEALTH CARE RANKING – LOWEST ON THE LIST
At the same time, the United States ranks last on several measures of health care performance compared to seven industrialized nations including Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Germany, New Zealand and the Netherlands (according to a report by the Commonwealth Fund). The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that supports independent research on public health policies
INFANT MORTALITY, PREMATURE DEATHS, LIFE EXPECTANCY
On measures that track healthy lives, the United States ranks last in terms of infant mortality and deaths before 75 years of age (preventable with timely access to treatment) and the US ranks next to last for healthy life expectancy at age 60.
That is not all. More than 80% of people who die in the U.S. have long progressive illnesses that modern allopathic medicine fails to effectively reverse – cancer, heart disease, diabetes and so on. The health care system blames the disease (calling it incurable), assuming no responsibility for a massively failing medical approach. All of these health conditions are clearly preventable and reversible using natural approaches.
LEADING CAUSE OF BANKRUPTCY
Hospitalizations during the last six months of life are rising. Treating chronic illness in the last two years of life is taking up one third of all Medicare dollars. People are sicker now as they die. As a result, medical care is the leading cause of individual and ultimately society-wide financial bankruptcy.
Then there is the issue of iatrogenic events or errors, surgical mistakes, and drug overdoses or fatal combinations, which Gary Null reports as the leading cause of death and injury in the United States (See Death by Medicine). As many as one million Americans are dying annually due to medical mistreatment and malpractice.
CHRONIC HEALTH EPIDEMICS
With all of this happening several chronic disease statistics are rising to epidemic proportions. The incidences of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and autism were all significantly less some decades ago.
WHY THE U.S. MEDICAL CARE SYSTEM IS IN A SHAMBLES
In short our U.S. medical care system is a shambles and others around the world are emulating this disaster, as medical inflation is spreading around the globe. This is so widespread and systemic that we logically can suspect the “why” of this is occurring being rooted in some very, very deep or permeating and essential foundations. This involves the root cornerstones of all of modern medicine, namely being grounded in a false and failing vision of nature, the mechanical/math-bound that first came to dominance in the 17th century. The seeds of that mechanical worldview are now coming to a black flowering and rotted fruition. It is ultimately an anti-healing and death-laden vision of nature that is also polluting our planet at risk and globally supporting epidemics of species deaths. It is that worldview which fosters a system of medical care based on prescribing chemical drugs, chemotherapy, genetic therapy, surgery and radiation. It overall leads to a diabolical vulture marriage between a grossly failing system of “medical miscare” and vast monetary/financial/profit-motivated forces. Unbeknown to the unwary, sometimes leading university hospital care, the most prestigious, is far more dangerous because of the close marriage with pharmaceutical companies to conduct drug experimental trials and thereby give them authoritative prestige. This close overall marriage (expanded to include related and conglomerate chem-agri-processed-GMO-food industries) and supported by a bought major media, is what has so completely ingrained, deepened and institutionalized the mass deception, the callous cruelty we call modern medical “care.” The word “care” is, in this context, an ultimate misnomer.
NOTHING MORE DESPICABLE
With exception of often effective emergency health responses, for the most part chronic ailments are treated with abominable, horrid illness-maintenance and hidden for-profit approaches. There is hardly anything more disgusting and despicable in modern society. The toll of our whole medical system outpaces the combined toll of international wars, terrorist attacks, transportation accidents, and so on. At the same time, nothing bankrupts us as much financially and in terms of our inner life force or consciousness. For example, Alzheimer’s patients become substantially more unconscious and devitalized (walking the halls of nursing homes like zombies) when fed the typical modern drug cocktails prescribed for that illness. And yet there is no letting up of drug sales and the aggressiveness with which they are pursued.
The same is happening in the overall field of psychiatry. Psychiatry has become mutated into an unabashed drug-pushing industry and little more.
Something has to give. It is up to us to re-educate others and to transform this greatest of travesties in our society.