This time the study comes from Bloomberg in a published ranking of most and least efficient health care in the world, Most Efficient Health Care: Countries - Bloomberg Best (and Worst). According to Bloomberg, “among advanced economies, the U.S. spends the most on health care on a relative cost basis with the worst outcome,” scoring number 46 out of 48 behind Serbia and Brazil.
Additional information on the study, including INFOGRAPHICS is also provided by the Huffington Post, The Most Efficient Health Care Systems In The World (INFOGRAPHICS)., which points out health care costs for the U.S. as being the highest relative to GDP.
So far House Republicans have voted 40 times to repeal all or a part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA); despite the problems of U.S. health care. And some states such as Florida continue to oppose it, State errs in obstructing Affordable Care Act - Editorials - MiamiHerald.com – but not Washington State.
Washington State has been out front in preparing for the ACA, Washington state ahead of the curve on health-care reform | Opinion | The Seattle Times. According to The Spokesman Review, an astounding 727,000 adults were without insurance in March of this year, Large dose of reform: Washington embraces Affordable Care Act - Spokesman.com - March 10, 2013 with sweeping changes to come.
For those wishing more information, a fact sheet from the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner can be found at http://www.insurance.wa.gov/current-issues-reform/health-care-reform/documents/affordable-care-act.pdf.
Earlier this year an article on international health care rankings was also published in examiner.com, http://www.examiner.com/article/u-s-medical-care-and-the-surprising-international-health-care-rankings as well as a related article on medical tourism, http://www.examiner.com/article/medical-tourism-as-a-wild-card.