Former US president Bill Clinton has said that the country's was collapsing threatening the country's well-being, former President Bill Clinton told a symposium in San Francisco on Saturday. //
"Our health care system is immoral because it doesn't provide health care to everybody," said Clinton at a symposium.
"It's wildly uneconomical. We pay more than everybody else in the world for less."
"It is sowing the seeds of its own destruction," said Clinton, who said health care was one of the top three problems the country faces, along with economic inequality and energy dependence.
In a severe indictment of the current state of American health care, the former president noted the country was spending as much 16 percent its national income on health care, compared with 11 percent in Canada and Switzerland, the countries with the next highest spending.
Yet the United States ranks only 37th in the world in overall health care, insured fewer of its citizens and paid more for its drugs, Clinton said.
Nearly a third of U.S. health care went to administrative costs, the highest in the world, he said.
"We're letting the health insurance financing tail wag the health-care dog," he said.
Clinton, who has spent much of his post-presidential years working to address the worldwide AIDS epidemic, said American taxpayers spend 10,000 dollars a year for AIDS treatments that cost only 3,500 dollars in other countries.
Coming down strongly on drugl industry's opposition to importing cheaper, generic drugs from Canada, he remarked sarcastically, "They've developed generic immunity, an immunity to cheap drugs."
Several experts have lashed out at the current Bush administration for its healthcare policies and contended that those lower down the economic scale were going through some nightmarish times.
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