American Healthcare is GREAT…or is it? Recent studies indicate that the American system of healthcare is not what most Americans think it is. Reports show that the United States is the most expensive healthcare system in the world! The quality care ranking for the US is only 37. Surprising, at the top of the list is France followed by Italy.
What’s it like to go to the doctor in another country? Is it good, bad or the same as here in the United States? Medical travel has become a cottage industry, with people traveling to different parts of the world to have both elective surgeries (cosmetic) along with treatment for chronic disease. The reason is simple: The American Healthcare system is broken (and needs to be fixed) and the cost is just too high.
The first line of defense fighting disease and health problems in other major countries is alternative forms of treatment. These include Germany and Japan, both rated higher than the US. These non-western therapies include acupuncture, energy healing and herbal remedies. These health solutions are used because they are inexpensive and work, especially on early detection of a problem.
Comparing options between the United States and Europe, Ramona Petry (From Germany – rated number 25) and Eugenio Chiappini (From Italy – ranked number 2) offer their thoughts on health. These teenage exchange students are staying with Robert Clancy, Late Night Health contributor.
Reading labels is a must for anyone concerned about health. In Germany and Italy food is food. GMOs are not allowed anywhere in the European Union. Europeans tend to eat “clean” with lots of fresh vegetables, compared to the American fast food diet. People eating foods without preservatives, fresh vegetables and taking a little exercise are leaner and healthier. The obesity epidemic is growing in the Unites States due to poor eating habits and a lack of working out.
Eating like his exchange students, Robert has lost about 14 pounds in the last few months.
air date: 6/3/16
Ramona Petry is from the city of Saarbrücken, Germany located approximately two hours south west of Frankfort, Germany. She has spent the last year of high school studying abroad as a foreign exchange student in upstate New York. She recently graduated from Columbia High School, East Greenbush, N.Y. and made the high honor role each quarter. She has a compassion for humanity and spends time volunteering to assist the homeless, disabled, and infirmed. She aspires to an be actor and enjoys entertainment, the cinema and traveling. A quote from Nathan Scott that inspires her is, “It’s the oldest story in the world. One day you’re seventeen and planning for someday. And then quietly and without you ever really noticing, someday is today. And that someday is yesterday. And this is your life.”
Eugenio Chiappini is from the city of Piacenza, Italy located near the city of Milan. He has spent the last year of high school studying abroad as a foreign exchange student in upstate New York. He recently graduated from Columbia High School, East Greenbush, N.Y. He fluently speaks Italian, English and French and is working on Spanish as a fourth language. He spent previous year volunteering to serve the homeless cooking meals and serving diners. He believes that you should live for today and enjoy every moment of your life as if it was your last.