The report that Britons are healthier than Americans (see May 4 below) prompted much rationalizing among US health advocates. Their conclusions:
The question of which country is healthier, Dr. Hadler and others say, turns out to be a perfect illustration of an issue that has plagued American medicine: the more health problems you look for, the more you find. And Americans, medical researchers say, are avid about looking.The practice of "medicalization" may occur simply because "there's gold in them thar ills". Our third party payer system makes every symptom a way to get somebody else to pay for something for you. Not so in Britain, so there is less of an urge to cure every little ache and pain.
So, if you are feeling good right now - that's the first symptom.
The good news is if you can't afford those super-expensive medical procedures like bypass surgery because you have no insurance, low cost care is now available.
This may sound far-fetched, but the cost of medical care in the US can provoke some pretty strong economic actions by individuals. While we all say "you can't put a price on good health" when you are paying for it, you do every day.
And more and more of us will be paying for it.
Especially if we are smart.