Best Thing I Read Last Week

“Compared with the average wealthy nation, America spends nearly twice as much of its national wealth on health care, about a quarter of which is wasted on inefficient care., unnecessary treatments, and administrative chicanery. The U.S. gets little bang of its exorbitant buck. It has the lowest life-expectancy rate of comparable countries, the highest rates of chronic disease, and the fewest doctors per person. This profit-driven system has scant incentive to invest in spare beds, stockpiled supplies, peacetime drills, and layered contingency plans— the essence of pandemic preparedness.America’s hospitals have been pruned and stretched by market forces to run close to full capacity, with little ability to adapt in a crisis.”

Ed Yong, “Anatomy of an American Failure,” The Atlantic

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