Points Summary

  1. America offers the best healthcare if you can pay.
  2. Cost per capita: Double that of Canada.
  3. Worst of wait times: If include uninsured, longer in U.S.
  4. Harvard study (2009): 45,000 Americans death per year because of not having insurance.
  5. U.S. infant mortality rate worse than Cuba's. Mississippi worse than Botswana.
  6. U.S. life expectancy near bottom among industrialized countries. Cost-effectiveness extra-ordinarily bad.
  7. Outside-the-box thinking needed. Operations research and artificial intelligence should be employed to design a system that is both cheaper and better serving.
  8. Best system may turn out to be a combination of basic universal coverage and private insurance.