Saturday, March 20, 2010

United Nations Survey - How New Health Care Legislation May Affect Medical Treatment for Joint Related Problems

A recent "Investor's Business Daily" article provided very interesting statistics from a survey by the United Nations International Health Organization.

I am including only the portion of the Survey that shows a relationship to Government Health programs in England and Canada compared to the U.S. pre-Obama Administration Health Care Legislation passing into Law, as availablity and timeliness of medical care within the the U.S. is expected to decrease due to more people on paid health care and less Doctors.

Percentage of seniors needing hip replacement who received it within six months:
U.S.       90%
England  15%
Canada  43%

Percentage referred to a medical specialist who see one within one month:
U.S.       77%
England  40%
Canada  43%

Number of MRI scanners (a prime diagnostic) per million people:
U.S.        71
England  14
Canada  18

If projections come true, then it is more incumbent on Americans to take charge of their health, in effect become their own physicians as the availability of medical care may decrease and the costs may increase.

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