Is anyone bothered at all by these statistics? Do we really have?

the best health care system? PLEASE just read through and tell me that something is really wrong when the greatest country in the world stacks up to other countries in the way we do. Reports & statistics from the OECD: • Half of all bankruptcies IN THE US are caused by medical bills • Three-quarters of... show more the best health care system? PLEASE just read through and tell me that something is really wrong when the greatest country in the world stacks up to other countries in the way we do.

Reports & statistics from the OECD:

• Half of all bankruptcies IN THE US are caused by medical bills
• Three-quarters of those filings are by people with health insurance.
• The average overhead cost for U.S. private health insurers is 11.7%; for Medicare, it is 3.6%; for Canada’s national health insurance program, it is 1.3 %
• A baby born in El Salvador has a better chance of surviving than a baby in Detroit.
• The infant mortality rate in Detroit is 15.5, compared to El Salvador's rate of 9.7.12
• Over the next decade, the US federal government will give the drug & health care industries an estimated $822 billion as a result of the 2003 Medicare Part D (Medicare prescription drug plan).
• There are four times as many health care lobbyists in Washington as there are members of Congress
• There are 100 times more lobbyists of all stripes in Washington today than there were during the Reagan presidency.
• 90% of Americans believe the American health care system needs fundamental changes or needs to be completely rebuilt. 75% of Americans believe the federal government should guarantee universal health care for all citizens.
Life expectancy

1. San Marino …….. 80
2. Australia ……….. 79
3. Cyprus …………. 79
4. Iceland…………. 79
5. Israel……………. 79
6. Japan………….. 79
7. Sweden………… 79
8. Switzerland…… 79
9. Andorra………… 78
10. Canada…………. 78
11. Italy……………… 78
12. Monaco……….. 78
13. Netherlands…. 78
14. New Zealand .. 78
15. Norway………… 78
US 38th on list


LOWEST INFANT MORTALITY (RATE per THOUSAND BIRTHS)

1. Singapore….. 2.31
2. Bermuda…… 2.46
3. Sweden……… 2.75
4. Japan………… 2.79
5. Iceland…….. 3.23
6. France ………. 3.33
7. Finland……. 3.47
8. Anguilla…… 3.52
9. Norway…….. 3.58
10. Malta……….. 3.75
11. Andorra…… 3.76
12. Czech Republic … 3.79
13. Germany……… 3.99
14. Switzerland….. 4.18
15. Spain ………….. 4.21

2007- United States Infant Mortality Rate Average = 6.37 Deaths per 1000 Live Births

One of the worst, AFGHANISTAN, is at 152 deaths per 1000.....

TOP FIVE - CHILD DEATHS - DUE TO MALTREATMENT SOURCE – UNICEF

1. Mexico: …………. 2.2 per 100,000 children
2. United States:.. 2.2 per 100,000 children
3. Hungary:……….. 1.2 per 100,000 children
4. New Zealand:… 1.2 per 100,000 children
5. Austria: …………. 0.9 per 100,000 children

TOP FIVE -- CHILD POVERTY - SOURCE: UNICEF

# 1. Mexico:……… 26.2
# 2. United States:.. 22.4
# 3. Italy:…………… 20.5
# 4. United Kingdom:. 19.8
# 5. Turkey:……….. 19.7


2008 - FORBES - TOP TEN - OVERALL HEALTHIEST COUNTRIES

1. ICELAND
2. SWEDEN
3. FINLAND
4. GERMANY
5. SWITZERLAND
6. AUSTRALIA
7. DENMARK
8. CANADA
9. AUSTRIA
10. NETHERLANDS

** USA was #11!


Among the OECD's 30 members – (which include Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, the Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom) – there are only 3 members lacking universal health coverage[. Two of them, Mexico and Turkey, have the excuse of being poorer than the rest (and until the onset of the world economic crisis, Mexico was on the way to providing healthcare to all of its citizens).

The third, of course, is the United States.
Update: Maxwell, that's too bad. The stats are NOT mine. They are from the OECD. So you think they just make up numbers that are not true? That's about as logical as the birther movement.
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