In Excellent Health – Dr. Scott Atlas from Stanford University’s Hoover Institute

Jim just interviewed Dr. Scott Atlas from the Hoover Institute about health care and health care outcomes in the United States compared to other countries. They also specifically discussed health care quality and outcomes in the United Kingdom.

If you’re interested in the book, you can pick up the Amazon Kindle version right here, it’s only $10. There is a hardcover version available as well. From the book’s description.

The real facts on America’s health care dilemma

Medical care in the United States has been loudly and repeatedly derided as inferior in comparison to health care systems in much of the developed world and even in some relatively undeveloped nations. In Excellent Health offers an alternative view of the much maligned state of health care in America, challenging the statistics often cited as evidence that medical care in the United States is substandard and poor in value relative to that of other countries. Rather than relying on purely subjective judgments about equity and fairness, the book provides extensive, detailed evidence with which to answer the paramount question when considering quality of health care: “Where would you rather be when you are sick?”

Drawing from research in scientific and medical journals, the author defends both the quality of and access to medical care in the United States compared to numerous countries with nationalized systems often held up as models for health system reforms. He then suggests a logical and complete reform plan designed to maintain choice and access to excellence and facilitate competition. His proposal offers a series of key improvements in the three critical areas of the health care puzzle—tax structure, private insurance markets, and government health insurance programs—that will reduce health costs and maintain essential support for America’s most vulnerable citizens, seniors and low-income families, without jeopardizing the exceptional health care quality and access in the United States.


3 replies
  1. cherwin
    cherwin says:

    I have always known that health care in America is much better than almost anywhere in the world. Why wouldn’t it be. The U.S. has always been on the cutting edge of technology to improve all aspects of healthcare.??Ever since they starting talking about the “unaffordable health care act” I have been asking where are the doctors and other health care professionals who should be out there yelling and screaming before this thing ever became a law? ?I think so many of them thought either it wouldn’t become law or it wouldn’t be that bad. I was yelling about it from the beginning but soon realized I was pretty much alone, as a nurse, in my workplace. In fact I was looked upon as the outsider for not believing that Obama and his cronies could possibly put together a health care law that would be good for our health and good for America.??And I have never?let anyone talk me into?accepting that it is a good thing. I agree?and believe there is a better way to lower cost and improve access to health care, but it must be controlled by the medical community, not the government. Medicine doesn’t fit into a neat package that can be manipulated by politicians and lawyers. It is an entity unlike any other business and can not be…

    • bien-pensant
      bien-pensant says:

      It has always been a demonstrable fact that the fastest way to ruin something is have too many people trying to run it. In the Un-ACA’s case, it is a liberal political solution to fix a health care system that was working and could have been made better. Health care is excellent in the United States, which is why people come here for care. We are the de facto alternative for the Canadian system.
      Many people tout the British National Health System for its open access. On close examination, that may appear to be so but, the outcomes are much better here in the US. The only thing the British system is first in is ridiculous wait times and bureaucratic corruption.?

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