Best healthcare, worst financing

I met recently with one of our board members at the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network. During the conversation, he explained the American healthcare situation in the best, shortest way I’ve heard. “We have the world’s best healthcare system, but one of the world’s worst healthcare financing systems.”

Our organization’s mission is “upholding human dignity through service to the medically vulnerable,” and this plays out in practice through service in five ways:

…through public advocacy of essential qualities of human dignity—which include the right to food and water, the presumption of the will to live, due process against denial of care, protection from euthanasia as a form of medicine, and access to rehabilitative care—as well as through National Crisis Lifeline service to at-risk patients and families.

Our National Crisis Lifeline is the funnel through which we take cases and serve the vulnerable, and almost every case relates to that “one of the worst healthcare financing systems” insight and how it plays out in terms of health policy on a local level, which is overly aggressive rationing that risks a patient’s dignity.