Tuesday, January 8, 2008

U.S. world's worst in preventable deaths

Get ready for more denials by the Freak Rethuglic crowd (to use the word 'crowd' loosely, considering their crappy little site mostly consists of the same cast of idiots complaining about the same stuff over and over). Yet another story has come out confirming America's low standing in health care.

Out of 19 countries, the United States now ranks as the world's worst in the rate of deaths that could have been prevented by timely health care. America had 109.7 preventable deaths per 100,000 people, while France - the country with the best ranking - had only 64.8 deaths. Back in 1997-98, America ranked #15 out of 19, so it's actually gotten worse over 10 years. (You mean it's not just everyone's imagination?)

If the U.S. health system performed as effectively as that of the countries near the top of the list, it would save the lives of over 100,000 Americans per year.

I'm in suspense as to how bad the health care system is going to get before something is finally done about it. But there's 100,000 people who'll die this year before ever knowing.

(Source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080108/hl_nm/deaths_rankings_dc)

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