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CHART: In Terms of Social Progress, America is Not #1 -- It's #16

Michael E. Porter | Posted 05.19.2014 | World
Michael E. Porter

As Americans, we like to think of ourselves as a world leader. Yet the new Social Progress Index, a comprehensive framework measuring numerous important social outcomes, paints a very different picture - the U.S. ranks only 16th of 132 countries measured, behind other large countries such as Germany, the UK, Japan and Canada. On Health and Wellness, for example, we spend more on health care than any country in the world but in terms of the outcomes achieved--such as obesity and life expectancy--we are number 70 in the world, way below our advanced economy peers.

Watch This Doctor Totally School An Anti-Obamacare Senator On Health Care

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics

Dr. Danielle Martin, vice president at the Women's College Hospital in Toronto, totally schooled Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) on health care Tuesday. ...

Channeling Marie Antoinette to Describe U.S. Health Care

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

You can say, and even believe, that the U.S. has the best health care system in the world if, as I did for many years, you associate only with other folks who share the same world view as you do and if you watch, read and listen to the media that reinforce your preconceived notions.

The Two Faces Of Motherhood: Maternal Health In The U.S.

Kecia Gaither, M.D., MPH, FACOG | Posted 04.28.2014 | Impact
Kecia Gaither, M.D., MPH, FACOG

It is a known fact that poverty and health care disparities exist in America's underserved communities. The statistics here as they relate to perinatal health and infant morbidity and mortality rival that of third world nations.

Jeffrey Young

Here's Why The Richest Nation In The World Still Can't Get Health Care Right

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 02.13.2014 | World

WASHINGTON -- Five years ago, U.S. President Barack Obama and his Democratic Party had a crazy idea that maybe the richest nation in the history of th...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week in Davos, one of the hottest topics cutting through the cold mountain air was health care. The debate has now moved beyond how to best pay for hugely expensive interventions -- that's sick-care -- to true health care for individuals, communities, countries and our planet. At the moment, 75 percent of U.S. health care spending is on chronic, preventable diseases -- many of them related to stress. For example, diabetes now afflicts over 340 million people worldwide. That's not sustainable, so we need to redefine what we think of as successful outcomes, both in health care and in our lives. Health is our most precious natural resource. Whether it's a renewable or non-renewable resource is up to us. (You can find HuffPost Live's on-location Davos coverage here.)

Bearing the Burden: Global, State and County Evidence to Advance U.S. Health

Dr. Derek Yach | Posted 03.22.2014 | Impact
Dr. Derek Yach

Co-authored by Derek Yach, Executive Director, Vitality Institute & William Rosenzweig, Vitality Institute Commission Chair and Managing Partner, Phys...

Our 'Fierce Urgency of Now'

Sec. Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 10.26.2013 | Politics
Sec. Kathleen Sebelius

Without the opportunity to live a healthy life, there is no opportunity to live the American dream or participate fully in our communities.

Poor Diet, Tobacco Use and Lack of Physical Activity Taking Toll on Nation's Health

Dr. Derek Yach | Posted 09.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Derek Yach

There is strength in numbers, and we are working with corporations, associations, federal, state, and local government to identify multi-stakeholder solutions that will address the issues facing our nation's health in bold and transformative ways.

What Should Doctors Do When They Don't Know What to Do

Allen Frances | Posted 08.24.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

The difficulty accepting uncertainty is just as strong today as it ever has been. It leads now to excessive testing, quack treatments, and blaming the patient. We need to expand our frontiers of knowledge, but also to recognize our limitations and do the best we can within them.

How Post 50s Are Changing The U.S. Health Care System

VisualNews.com | Posted 08.05.2013 | Fifty
VisualNews.com

As baby boomers approach retirement age, they are expected to completely change the face of the U.S. healthcare system, mainly due to their additional medical needs, compared to previous generations.

Medicare Patients Could See Their Bills Go Up

Reuters | Posted 06.02.2013 | Business

* Action to change February decision followed lobbying * Shares of health insurers rally after hours; Humana up 8 percent ...

U.S. Health Care: Misplaced Pride

Charles Heck | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Charles Heck

Evidence continues to mount that health outcomes in the United States are among the worst in high-income countries, while expenditures on health are far and away the highest!

Toward Opening a Practical Dialogue on Improving US Health Care

Josef Woodman | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics
Josef Woodman

While much of the health care "GDP gap" between the U.S. and other nations can be attributed to cost of living, it's undeniable there's plenty of room for reimagining our approach to health care, not simply in terms of reform, but in market-driven innovation.

The Truth About Health Care Costs

Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D. | Posted 11.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D.

Whether we are Democrats or Republicans, all Americans can agree that our health care costs are unsustainable -- and the sooner we acknowledge that, the better. A new report from the Institute of Medicine reveals the truth about the way our health care dollars are spent.

The Ethics and Philosophy of Health Care As a Citizen's Right -- a US Perspective

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Miles J. Zaremski

Government must have a role in the health care of its citizens. Without it, health care will simply continue to be viewed as just a commodity, to be bought and sold on the open market with profits to be made.

Our Health Care System Wastes $750 BILLION Per Year

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 11.06.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. health care system squanders $750 billion a year — roughly 30 cents of every medical dollar — through unneeded care, ...

U.S. Still Bad At Preventing Deaths, Despite High Health Care Costs

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 08.30.2012 | Business

Despite spending more on health care than other developed countries, the United States is doing a worse of job of keeping its residents from dying. ...

Patriotism July 4, 2012

Robert Reich | Posted 09.03.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

Some Americans loathe the government and are doing everything they can to make the public so cynical about it that it's no longer capable of doing much of anything. But true patriotism means paying for America and coming together for the common good.

The Double Game of the U.S. Health Insurance Companies

Thomas A. Bass | Posted 08.01.2012 | Business
Thomas A. Bass

The Affordable Care Act, particularly the mandate requiring U.S. citizens to buy health insurance from private companies, may be in legal limbo, awaiting a Supreme Court ruling, but the insurance companies are planning to profit from this ruling, no matter which way it goes.

An Optimal Solution to U.S. Health Care

Nake M. Kamrany | Posted 06.28.2012 | Los Angeles
Nake M. Kamrany

Health care should be treated as a basic human rights issue, and that is the way it is being treated in most of the European Union.

Handful Of Americans Account For Half Of U.S. Health Care Costs

Posted 01.17.2012 | Business

The cost of health care may have gone up for almost all Americans in recent years, but a handful of consumers are getting hit especially hard. Jus...

A Public Health Catastrophe Could Ensue If the Supreme Court Declares the Affordable Care Act Unconstitutional

Mark A. Hall | Posted 03.14.2012 | Politics
Mark A. Hall

While opponents obsess over what vegetables the government might require them to purchase, they overlook the potential public health catastrophe that could well ensue if the Court were to declare the law unconstitutional.

Sporadic Health Insurance As Bad As No Health Insurance: Study

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 01.05.2012 | Business

When it comes to preventative care, having on-and-off health insurance might be as bad as not having it all. A study of diabetics by the Kaiser Per...

Health Care: A Casualty of Class Warfare

John Geyman | Posted 12.10.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

As the recession rolls on without signs of relief on the horizon, a growing army of millions of Americans is finding it impossible to gain access to necessary health care that is affordable.