Sunday, January 13, 2008

If our healthcare system is far and away superior to all others in the world, then why do we rank rock-bottom last among industrialized countries when it comes to death rate for treatable diseases? Yes, we are at the bottom of the pile when it comes to preventable deaths for people below the age of 75.

While some deaths are more tragic than others, all deaths are unfortunate. Almost 3,000 people died on September 11th, and the number of U.S. soldiers dead in Iraq is approaching 4,000 -- both extremely tragic and sad realities. However, this study says that every year 101,000 people die in the U.S. that otherwise would not have if the U.S. had performed as well as the top three countries (France, Japan, Australia) in the study. That's 101,000 preventable deaths per year in the U.S.

Draw your own conclusions.

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