Oct
24

We’re Number Last!

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FactCheck.org sent out one of its regular e-mail updates this week. They examine the “37th in the world” statistic bandied about in the health reform debate. The 2000 World Health Organization report has not been updated, they note, and has its critics and limitations.

The Annenberg Public Policy Center looks at some more recent figures to put things in perspective:

Among the other stats on how the U.S. health care system and health stacks up internationally: A 2007 Commonwealth Fund report ranked the U.S. last out of six industrialized countries in health system performance, which included measures on quality, access, efficiency, equity of care and healthy lives. “Access” and “equity” measures are affected by the lack of universal health care. On life expectancy, the U.S. ranks 50th and below France, Canada, the U.K. and the European Union average, according to the CIA World Factbook. Infant mortality is also higher in the U.S. than all of those countries and more. A 2006 report on infant mortality by the nonprofit Save the Children showed the U.S. tied for next to last among industrialized countries.

America retains its #1 ranking on health care costs, spending nearly twice as much, on average, as other developed countries. But when it comes to health care, Wal-Mart Nation still pays more and gets less. And for reform opponents, that’s a record worth defending, even if it’s not something to brag about.

Categories : Health Care, News

Comments

  1. Tim Peck says:

    Is infant mortality measured the same way in all countries?

  2. Tim Peck says:

    Is death by murder, disease or accident part of mortality statistics?

  3. Tim Peck says:

    What is the cancer survival rate across countries?

  4. Tim Peck says:

    Which country has the best record for preventive cancer screening?

  5. Tim Peck says:

    Which country has the vast majority of all health care innovations?

  6. Tim Peck says:

    Which countries have the greatest waiting times for care?

  7. Tim Peck says:

    Which countries have better access to treatment for chronic diseases?

  8. Tim Peck says:

    Which countries have the lowest mortality rate for colorectal cancer?

  9. Tim Peck says:

    Which countries have the lowest mortality rate for prostate cancer?

  10. Tim Peck says:

    Which countries have the lowest mortality rate for breast cancer?

  11. Tim Peck says:

    Which progressive website is most likely to fuck with statistics to advance a left-wing ideological agenda?

  12. Which commenter (who doesn’t even allow commenting on his own blog, ironically enough) is most likely to get banned as a spammer?

  13. Gordon Smith says:

    That’s a lot of spammy looking stuff there, Tim. Maybe consolidating some of those penetrating questions would be better next time.

  14. Gordon Smith says:

    Oh, by the way, are those rhetorical questions, questions you have the answers to, or just ways to distract from the post?

  15. Uptown Ruler says:

    hey, blue cross blue shield north carolina just raised my rates again
    $75.00 a month starting in 2010.

    thanks for supporting health care reform, tim!

  16. shadmarsh says:

    Mr. Smug is right,we should all get rich by suing the government!

  17. barry says:

    “Which progressive website is most likely to fuck with statistics to advance a left-wing ideological agenda?”

    Which prolific Randian blogger had his name listed three separate times on a much-touted Tea Party petition this past summer?

  18. barry says:

    Which same prolific Randian blogger scrubbed his website archive of embarrassing contradictory evidence while falsely ‘supporting’ a progressive City Council candidate?

  19. barry says:

    Which Bozo gets my write-in votes for City Council?

    Tim Peck(1), Tim Peck(2), and drumroll…. Tim Peck(3)!!!

  20. jimmy says:

    gee gordon, i saw a vid on youtube of Al Franken using EXACTLY the same tactic as Peck, and all the good socialists crowed “GENIUS”….”OWNED”….”Go get em Al” and the like. I wonder if you did/would have had the same response there?