In a study of 19 countries, the U.S. ranked dead last in preventing deaths that could have been prevented with appropriate medical care. “U.S. Has Highest Rate of Preventable Deaths Among Industrialized Nations,” Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report, 22 January 2008.
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|“If the U.S. had an infant mortality rate as good as Cuba’s, we would save an additional 2,212 American babies a year.” Nicholas Kristof, “Health Care? Ask Cuba,” New York Times, 12 January 2005.|
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If you feel that something is going wrong with your care, there’s a good chance that you’re right. Speak up. Your life may be at stake.
“American doctors and hospitals kill patients through surgical and medical mistakes more often than their counterparts in other industrialized nations.” “World’s Best Medical Care?” New York Times, 12 August 2007.
”‘It’s all too common for patients and family members to remain silent when they suspect something is wrong or improper in their care,’ says David Shulkin, chief executive of Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City,” quoted in Laura Landro, “Finding a Way to Ask Doctors Tough Questions,” Wall Street Journal, 04 March 2009.
April 12, 2010
|Myth or fact? The CIA and the World Health Organization have similar views about the U.S. health care system.
Fact: WHO ranks the U.S. health care system 37th in the world overall; the CIA World Factbook reports that the U.S. ranks 49th in life expectancy and 45th in infant survival rates.
Many people assume that the U.S. has the best health care system in the world. That’s understandable; we have an impressive R&D capability and more resources than most other countries.
This week, I’ll share some data from studies that compare health and health care in the U.S. to that in other countries.