WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell

Childbirth in the U.S. incredibly more expensive compared to most other countries

With or without President Obama's health-care overhaul, health care in the United States ends up being so much more expensive than in most other countries, often exponentially so. And our system seems utterly incapable of correcting this disparity.

Take that most basic of human activities: Childbirth.

The NEW YORK TIMES chronicles the extraordinary expense and gaping holes in insurance coverage.

In particular, take a look at the ranking of countries at the bottom of the story. And then consider this frightful statistic: The average U.S. mother gets kicked out of the hospital much EARLIER than her counterparts in the other listed countries...


Posted at 7:32am on July 1, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Mon, Jul 1, 2013 8:01am
"health care in the United States ends up being so much more expensive than in most other countries"

Avoiding the obvious conclusion. Health care is far more profitable. Profitable for practitioners, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies, including those based in Wilmington. Especially profitable for insurance companies. And health care reform was designed to protect those profits. Follow the money.

US healthcare costs as a percentage of GDP are almost twice those of Canada, and Canada has universal health care. The US is the only developed country which leaves people to fend for themselves in obtaining healthcare and it still out-spends other developed country. Except for Michael Moore, the MSM does not seem interested in examining the root of the problem, probably because that would mean upsetting advertisers.

Also notice the anti-abortion crowd doesn't seem too interested in this.

And the PC NY Times and the rest of the PC media are only interested in this as a feminist issue. Notice how much more attention they pay to breast cancer than to prostate cancer.

Mon, Jul 1, 2013 9:24am

Unless there's some type of complication, the mother gets tossed from hospital the same day, or the following morning after childbirth. However that type of treatment should make health care costs go down, and not up.

Mon, Jul 1, 2013 11:01am
Only the mother and/or the baby are more likely to need to come back and then it's more expensive than it would have been to keep the mother and/or baby in the hospital and make sure everything was OK.
Mothers get tossed because the insurance company says so, not because the doctor says so.

Allan Loudell
Mon, Jul 1, 2013 11:56am
The inherent problem with for-profit, private insurance in the United States...

Mon, Jul 1, 2013 1:31pm
It's time for socialized medicine in the U.S.

People get socialized police protection in the U.S. but never complain about the socialism aspect. Can you imagine if the police came to your house and charged $1500 for a burglary investation, $50,000 for murders, etc...?

Mon, Jul 1, 2013 1:49pm
Good point, teatime. Actually, we didn't always have socialized fire departments. At one time, fire insurance included firefighting. If you didn't pay, nobody put out the fire. We also have socialized highways. Originally, they were toll roads and privately owned. Ironically, it was the Whigs (who became the Republicans) who pushed for socialized roads. And, of course, there's socialized schools (even if people choose not to use them).

Hospitals are required by law to treat everybody. If they can't pay, the hospitals pass the cost onto everybody else - meaning insurance companies - meaning us. And those people who can't pay also tend not to take care of themselves or get regular check-ups. So when they go to the hospital, they are often in really bad shape, so it costs more to fix them.

And rich people hire private security for themselves.

Mike from Delaware
Mon, Jul 1, 2013 6:19pm
I agree that the Canadian healthcare system probably might work better than what we had BOC (Before Obama Care) or what we'll end up WOC.

Mon, Jul 1, 2013 6:26pm
Teatime: You know nothing about the consequences of socialized medicine until you've traveled to Eastern Europe like I've done. It's a disaster, and if you think it's gonna work here, you're badly fooled. Time you got an edjumucashkun!

Mon, Jul 1, 2013 6:28pm
Obamacare and gay marriage: The undoing of America.

Tue, Jul 2, 2013 5:05am
Pizza: Nothing works very well in Eastern Europe. That is not a valid comparison. How about socialized medicine in countries which have more in common with this one. Canada. Britain. Australia. New Zealand. Denmark, Sweden and Norway.
Your idea of "America" certainly needs undoing. Your concept of "America" is as twisted as your concept of "Christianity."

Tue, Jul 2, 2013 5:59pm
billsmith: You know nothing about America, or about me.

Tue, Jul 2, 2013 6:22pm
Pizza: I know what you post and what you post is in opposition to the founders and to the teachings of Jesus.

Tue, Jul 2, 2013 8:00pm

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