Thought Tools are meant as practical, real-world application of specific principles in Ancient Jewish wisdom. Before submitting them for publication we ask ourselves whether they would have made sense to our grandparents and if they will make sense to our grandchildren. In other words, are they ‘evergreen’? Little gets stale more quickly than political columns, while God’s Biblical blueprint is always current.
Occasionally we make an exception and when we do, it’s because politics is nothing more than the practical application of someone’s deeply held moral beliefs. The World Health Organization (WHO) began in 1948 because of some people’s belief that it would be good for this United Nations agency to exist. Advocating for universal health care as one of its mandates was someone’s idea of morality. It isn’t mine, but it was someone’s.
WHO issues a list of the countries with the best healthcare systems. The United States ranks at number 37. France and Italy occupy positions 1 and 2 respectively. The list of 36 countries with supposedly superior health care than the United States includes Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Cypress, Saudi Arabia, Greece and Dominica. Please don’t make the mistake of thinking that it would be better to need urgent medical care in Columbia or Cypress or even France than in Wichita, KS. WHO’s chief criterion for ‘best’ healthcare is actually ‘most equal’ healthcare. Poor or even appalling healthcare delivered equally to all puts you up high on the WHO list.