The World Health Organization’s ranking of health care around the world is often cited in the arguments for ObamaCare specifically and socialized medicine in general, after all the U.S. ranks a dreadful 38th even though we spend more money than anyone else. Most of the top-ranked nation’s have some form of socialized medicine.
Here in today’s Wall Street Journal column by Bret Stephens is why that is a bogus argument. Stephens interviewed Greek politician Alexis Tsipras and wrote the following:
“The World Health Organization puts Greece in 14th place in its global rankings, though per capita health spending is relatively low. By contrast, the U.S., which spends the most per capita, comes in 38th place in terms of overall quality, behind such health-care paragons as Morocco and Dominica.
“From such statistics was the case for ObamaCare made. But Mr. Tsipras takes a dimmer view of health delivery in his native land. ‘Why in a public hospital, in order to have an operation, do [patients] have to slip [doctors] an envelope with a certain amount of money?’ he asks. Why indeed? I ask back. ‘Because the state gives low wages to doctors thinking it’s completely natural for them to add to their salary’ by accepting those cash-stuffed envelopes.”