All this has been achieved at a fraction of what the United States spends. Only 9 percent of Japan's gross domestic product is spent on health care, while America spends almost twice that. It seems like the perfect system. For many, perhaps it is -- unless you actually need to use it ... and particularly if you have cancer.
Have a look at this new op-ed that appears in the Commentary section of today's edition of The Washington Times:
A health-care system's success shouldn't simply be based on life expectancy and fiscal policy but rather on individual outcomes.
Candidates in the 2008 presidential race have already begun vying for Americans' votes. Improving the nation's health-care system has already surfaced as a major issue for all those seeking the job. But it's hardly an improvement on our health-care system if politicians seek to turn our life-and-death health-care decisions over to bureaucrats and budget-crunchers.
Japan's cancer refugees have just issued a wake-up call to their own government. It would be a shame if we didn't heed their warning and ended up with cancer refugees of our own.