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Where is Cecil? They Go into Space But Won’t Keep Us Healthy!

posted by Jael Ever @ 19:49 PM
December 20, 2013

Sending-men-to-space    O.k. I give up!  Jael is right.  Call Cecil Certified! This country spends billions of dollars sending men and metals into space, and we still don’t have the best available health care in the U.S., not even in most States of the Union.

The Stock Market is breaking records on profits for ‘gazillionairs’ and Americans still don’t have the best possible health care system.  We didn’t have it two years ago.  We didn’t have have it 10 years ago.  We have never had the highest quality health care available for everyone––even for the richest among us!

No. Money isn’t the problem. Politicians’ failure to serve their people is.  In a 124 page report the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation show how unprepared states are for epidemic diseases.

A collection of states–– Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),  ‘Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases 2013, National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI)’––agreed to release the bad news.

The study measured organized health care preparedness in 10 areas, including: “. . . public health funding levels, meeting vaccination targets, having a climate-change adaptation plan, mandates for reporting healthcare-associated infection reporting, public health lab capacity, and routine HIV screening.”

Their two year study gave this nation––reportedly the greatest nation on earth–– “an overall preparedness score of 7.2 on a scale of 10, with state scores ranging from 5.9 to 8.1.”  In truth, most of the states scored far below average:

“A majority of states (34) scored 5 or lower on the key indicators, ranging from New Hampshire as the highest scoring at 8 to Georgia, Nebraska, and New Jersey, all tied for the lowest score of 2.” So three states are graded ‘F-’, failure!

For instance, Dr. Jeff Levi, Executive Director of TFAH, adds only about 12 states vaccinate at least half of their people, and only Connecticut and Delaware vaccinate preschoolers for whooping cough, and that politicians in more than 30 states have lowered health funding since 2011.

Hmm. 2011!  That was the year The Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System local_scorecard1asked ‘Why Not the Best? Results from the National Scorecard on U.S. Health System Performance, 2011,’ and answered: “The U.S. health system continues to perform sub-optimally relative to what is achievable and relative to the large resources invested by the nation.” Failed again!

Their report, ‘National Scorecard on U.S. Health System Performance, 2011’
assessed the “U.S. population health and health care quality, access, efficiency, and equity,” and concluded: “U.S.  health system performance continues to fall far short of what is attainable, especially given the enormity of public and private resources devoted nationally to health. Across 42 performance indicators, the U.S. achieves a total score of 64 out of a possible 100, when comparing national rates with domestic and international benchmarks.”  So D- and lower than ‘other’ countries.

What a shame!  Spanish speaking countries call politicians shepherds.  If politicians don’t think that God will judge them harshly for such poor shepherding, they have another ‘think’ coming!  As Christian messages cry out: “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment (Hebrews 9: 27).”

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