Interesting article, at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/0...n_3825477.html
The most efficient health care in the world: Singapore, Japan, and Hong Kong.
So, how do they do it?
Universal Health Care!
Hmmm...sounds suspiciously like ObamaCare, doesn't it? Individuals forced to pay for health care? A safety net for those who can't afford to?Meanwhile, Singapore's healthcare system is largely funded by individual contributions, and is often hailed by conservatives as a beacon of personal responsibility. But as conservative David Frum notes, the system is actually fueled by the invisible hand of the public sector: individuals are required to contribute a percentage of their monthly salary based on age to a personal fund to pay for treatments and hospital expenditures. In addition, the government provides a safety net to cover expenses for which these personal savings are inadequate. Private healthcare still plays a role in Singapore's system, but takes a backseat to public offerings, which boast the majority of doctors, nurses, and procedures performed.
So... the wealthy can still buy their concierge services... but Hong Kong doesn't bleed money like the US, to provide health care to the rest.Despite being considered by some as having the freest economy in the world, Hong Kong's universal healthcare system involves heavy government participation; its own health secretary calls public medicine the "cornerstone" of the system. Public hospitals account for 90 percent of in-patient procedures, while the numerous private options are mostly used by the wealthy. All this government care isn't taking much of a bite out of the state's bustling economy: According to Bloomberg, Hong Kong spends just 3.8 percent of GDP on healthcare per capita, tied for the third-lowest among nations surveyed and good for the most efficient healthcare system in the world.
Yup, after reading this, it's a miracle that these countries, so intensely socialist, aren't burning in the fires of hell for not following the US modelRanking third on Bloomberg's list, the Japanese system involves universal healthcare with mandatory participation funded by payroll taxes paid by both employer and employee, or income-based premiums by the self-employed. Long-term care insurance is also required for those older than 40. As Dr. John W. Traphagan notes in The Diplomat, Japan controls costs by setting flat rates for everything from medications to procedures, thus eliminating competition among insurance providers. While most of the country's hospitals are privately owned and operated, the government implements smart regulations to ensure that the system remains universal and egalitarian.