A little while ago I posted that health care in America may be getting a bad rap. That perhaps we might have the BEST system in the world, not the abysmal system that is often reported in the reports today:
The fact that America can deliver this service is a miracle in and of itself. And the fact that we are such a wealthy nation that we can afford it is yet another miracle.
Now, to be sure, my case here is that our system is advanced and can be expensive. However, we are a very wealthy nation and can afford the care. However, in the comments, shenanigans was called and we discussed how the United States might be ranked #1, not #19-#29 or #47.
In my past reading on this I have found that the concept of measuring a health care system by life expectancy might not be the most accurate measure. One such study:
Two University of Iowa researchers, Robert L. Ohsfeldt and John E. Schneider, reviewed the data for the nations of the OECD to statistically account for the incidence of fatal injuries for the member countries. The dynamic table below presents their findings, showing both the average life expectancy from birth over the years 1980 to 1999 without any adjustment (the actual “raw” mean), and again after accounting for the effects of premature death resulting from a non-health-related fatal injury (the standardized mean).
Now, before the chart, the lead up. See, reports say that America is performing poorly because we are unable to nurse our citizens into old age. However, the methods used to come to this conclusion aren’t sound.
Okay, now the chart:
But will anyone acknowledge this?