Amazing seems a most appropriate word to describe the financing and delivery of health care services in the United States of America.
According to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 9th Edition (OK, I have an old dictionary) amazing is derived from a French word meaning “to confuse”. Obsolete meanings include consternation, bewilderment and perplexing.
Yes, health care in the US is truly amazing. Rube Goldberg could not have invented a more illogical maze of non-systems. Lewis Carroll’s might have added an additional chapter on Alice’s efforts to get those pills that made her big and small. Kafka might imagine a special Penal Colony for those responsible for this maze.
I should be careful on this last point, since I am part of that system. I administer the benefit plan for approximately 25,000 participants. I like to think that we do our best to help our members navigate what is all to often a daunting and perplexing maze.