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U.S. Healthcare Ranking Embarrassing.

Posted Dec 23 2008 9:14pm
T he New York Times ran a short piece about the U.S. infant mortality rate being slightly lower than it had been. In an overall standing with other countries the U.S. was still likely to be ranked at 29th in the world with 6.71 deaths per 1000 births. The U.S. has a poor international standing regarding the infant mortality rate index as well as overall quality of healthcare it delivers. Basically we spend thousands of dollars each year per person and get a very poor return on our investment compared to other developed countries. The BBC reported earlier this year that the U.S. was ranked 42 for overall healthcare.

The report from the BBC identifies obesity and the lack of health insurance for some 47 million Americans as the most significant factors in premature death. It also provides a snapshot of the inequalities between the richest and the poorest Americans and between different ethnic groups.

Clearly the data suggests that switching to a single payer system could improve the healthcare of all Americans. Asian countries such as Japan have very low infant mortality rates - less than 3.5/1000 and they have the longest average life expectancy which is 82 years old.

American healthcare's focus seems to be one of greed rather than actually providing quality medical care. Look at Wall Street's latest events if you need convincing. If our current system was regulated to control costs and oversee key quality indicators the tables might be turned in favor of the public.
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