US health scores badly


This video from the USA is called Measure of America.

From British daily The Guardian:

Development: US fails to measure up on ‘human index’

· Nation slumps from 2nd to 12th in global table
· Richest fifth take home $168,000, poorest $11,000

* Ashley Seager

Despite spending $230m (£115m) an hour on healthcare, Americans live shorter lives than citizens of almost every other developed country. And while it has the second-highest income per head in the world, the United States ranks 42nd in terms of life expectancy.

These are some of the startling conclusions from a major new report which attempts to explain why the world’s number-one economy has slipped to 12th place – from 2nd in 1990- in terms of human development.

The American Human Development Report, which applies rankings of health, education and income to the US, paints a surprising picture of a country that spends well over $5bn each day on healthcare – more per person than any other country.

The report, Measure of America, was funded by Oxfam America, the Conrad Hilton Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation.

See also here. And here. And here.

As for another country whose economic policies have gotten much praise from Reaganites-Thatcherites-Bushites-Blairites; Britain; also from The Guardian:

Britain lags behind in world cancer survival, says study

WHO report discloses extent of global health inequality: here.

My wife and I used Canada’s health care system for years, and we’ve been incensed by the lies we’ve heard back here in the U.S. about how it’s supposedly broken: here.

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