Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Everything You Were Afraid To Ask About Comparative Health Care In The US, Canada And Europe


Thanks to Dave Price over at “The Blog Formerly Known As Dean’s World” for the following links on comparative health care. Dean, of Dean’s World, is taking a well deserved sabbatical.

Price points out:

"Advocates of socializing health care have asked: how can America’s relatively free market spend the most money on health care, yet have among the worst outcomes?

"The answer is, we don’t. The oft-cited WHO rankings don’t really measure quality of health care, preferring to judge things like 'fairness of financial contribution' and measures like life expectancy (which is more strongly correlated to lifestyle than health care) or infant mortality (other countries use different standards and so generally record more infant deaths as stillbirths than we do, perversely making their numbers better even though they sometimes let marginal infants die)."

“Death Panels in Britain,” which soon may be coming to these shores, is worth a visit; so, too with the other links:

U.S. does 2x as many transplants as OECD average

U.S. has best cancer survival rates in OECD

Death panels in Britain are putting people to death who could have recovered

Death panels: now in kids’ sizes too! Infants being left to die.

U.S. has more MRIS “it was found that Canada had 4.6 MRI scanners per million population while the U.S. had 19.5 per million”

U.S. has about twice as many MRIs as OECD average

The U.S. gets new drugs 1 year sooner “On average, the FDA approval came 1 year ahead of clearance by the European Medicines Agency (EMEA).”

“Prostate cancer mortality is 604 percent higher in the United Kingdom and 457 percent higher in Norway.”

“The top five U.S. hospitals conduct more clinical trials than all the hospitals in any other developed country”

U.S. performs more operations than any country in the world.

Lower U.S. life expectancy does not argue U.S. has worse health care due to lifestyle factors and differences in how infant mortality is reported

In the interest of spreading truth, please see fit to copy the links and pass them along.
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