7. People in countries with more government control of health care are highly dissatisfied and believe reform is needed. More than 70 percent of German, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, and British adults say their health system needs either “fundamental change” or “complete rebuilding.”
Gallup finds Americans less favorable toward immigration than they were a year ago. 50% say immigration should be decreased (up from 39% last year). 32% say immigration levels should be kept the same, (down from 39%),and 14% say they should be increased (down from 18%).
Breakdown by political party. Keep in mind that all numbers for each party are up since 2008. It would be interesting to know if any of the respondents left or joined a different party since 2008.
61% of Republicans, 46% of Democrats and 44% of Independents want to see immigration decreased .
.. Americans in the South (54%) are the most likely to want immigration decreased, while those in the West (44%) are relatively less likely to say the same.
6. Americans spend less time waiting for care than patients in Canada and the United Kingdom. Canadian and British patients wait about twice as long—sometimes more than a year—to see a specialist, have elective surgery such as hip replacements, or get radiation treatment for cancer. All told, 827,429 people are waiting for some type of procedure in Canada. In Britain, nearly 1.8 million people are waiting for a hospital admission or outpatient treatment.
Gotta get away from those angry mobs of rapid right wing extremists. God forbid our representatives actually meet with us in person.
Congressman Parker Griffith will discuss his ideas on health care reform at a press conference at Crestwood Hospital at 2 p.m. today. The event was originally scheduled to happen at the north Alabama congressman’s Huntsville office, but it was changed to Crestwood this morning.
That sounds familiar. Where have I heard of that happening? 7 term Democrat Vic Snyder (AR-2) moved the time of his meeting up by an hour in an effort to avoid being seen with Mike Ross:
Arkansas Rep. Mike Ross, a key negotiator for the Blue Dogs whose deal with Waxman broke the extended deadlock.
having to face angry constituents. Compare this press release:
When/Where: Wednesday, August 5 – 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Arkansas Children’s Hospital
..Vic Snyder will have a townhall meeting at 1pm at the Chairman’s Hall …. the radio announcement stating the meeting was at 2pm. Bonnie from Arkansas Children’s Hospital stated that it was a 2pm and that it has been changed to 1pm.
Blue Dogs & Parker Griffith on the run!
5. Lower-income Americans are in better health than comparable Canadians. Twice as many American seniors with below-median incomes self-report “excellent” health (11.7 percent) compared to Canadian seniors (5.8 percent). Conversely, white, young Canadian adults with below-median incomes are 20 percent more likely than lower-income Americans to describe their health as “fair or poor.”
4. Americans have better access to preventive cancer screening than Canadians. Take the proportion of the appropriate-age population groups who have received recommended tests for breast, cervical, prostate, and colon cancer:
- Nine out of ten middle-aged American women (89 percent) have had a mammogram, compared to fewer than three-fourths of Canadians (72 percent).
- Nearly all American women (96 percent) have had a Pap smear, compared to fewer than 90 percent of Canadians.
- More than half of American men (54 percent) have had a prostatespecific antigen (PSA) test, compared to fewer than one in six Canadians (16 percent).
- Nearly one-third of Americans (30 percent) have had a colonoscopy, compared with fewer than one in twenty Canadians (5 percent).
3. Americans have better access to treatment for chronic diseases than patients in other developed countries. Some 56 percent of Americans who could benefit from statin drugs, which reduce cholesterol and protect against heart disease, are taking them.
By comparison, of those patients who could benefit from these drugs, only 36 percent of the Dutch, 29 percent of the Swiss, 26 percent of Germans, 23 percent of Britons, and 17 percent of Italians receive them.