U.S. is #7, but it appears we’re trying harder

Critics maintain "socialized medicine" a means of certain death

Like Avis, the United States is apparently not Number One – not in health care performance at least – when compared against a bunch of other countries. And they’re countries that repeatedly got a really bad rap during the health care debate as being examples of poor quality, inefficiency, and – worst of all – rotten access.

When critics of health reform plans forecast the future of the U.S. system under Democrat-crafted reforms, they pointed to Canada, where “socialized medicine” apparently means almost certain death for everyone who’s subjected to it.

Canadians – including the guy who dashed off a hot-and-bothered reply to my post yesterday – should be saying “nyah nyah” today, after The Commonwealth Fund’s report pegged the U.S. as dead last in the category of “Long, Healthy, Productive Lives.” (Not just healthy and productive, but also long. Pretty specific.)

The U.S., it turns out, was not tops in any category (in a good way) – though, as the Avis line goes, we do appear to be trying harder. (The U.S. had the highest health expenditure by far – $7,290 per capita – of the seven countries studied, and nearly double that of Canada.)

Uhhh … good for us???

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