NPR has been doing a series this week on health care and how other industrialised nations address this issue. They are looking at the ways other nations deliver health care, how the people there feel about the health care offered them, and how it compares to the US. We do not fare well, but that should surprise no one.
Today's story focused on France and motherhood, it, like the rest of the series, is worth listening to. What it comes down to is France wants it people to get good and comprehensive medical care and the US just doesn't care.
Again, this should surprise no one, but listening to this series has reinforced my opinion that our health care system is worthless, totally broken, and our efforts should not be focused on tweaking what is in place, but a fundamental restructuring of every aspect of health care delivery.
I don't know where to start, but I do know that we are wasting our time when we argue over minor and mostly cosmetic changes in a system as screwed up as ours is.