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Free Citizen

This writer espouses individual liberty, free markets, and limited government.

Location: Jackson, Mississippi, United States

Monday, December 14, 2009

Health Survey Results

This article reportedly came from Investor's Business Daily. It provides some very interesting statistics from a survey by the United Nations International Health Organization.

Percentage of men and women who survived a cancer five years after diagnosis:
U.S. 65%
England 46%
Canada 42%

Percentage of patients diagnosed with diabetes who received treatment within six months:
U.S. 93%
England 15%
Canada 43%

Percentage of seniors needing hip replacement who received it within six months:
U.S. 90%
England 15%
Canada 43%

Percentage referred to a medical specialist who see one within one month:
U.S. 77%
England 40%
Canada 43%

Number of MRI scanners (a prime diagnostic tool) per million people:
U.S. 71
England 14
Canada 18

Percentage of seniors (65+), with low income, who say they are in "excellent health":
U.S. 12%
England 2%
Canada 6%

I don't know about you, but I don't want "Universal Healthcare" comparable to England or Canada.

Moreover, it was Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid (NV) who said, "Elderly Americans must learn to accept the inconveniences of old age."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you cite the original source for this survey? There is no International Health Organization that is part of the U.N. The only such organization is limited to health issues in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh. I cannot find a reference to this survey on the IBD website.

Mon Dec 14, 08:04:00 PM CST  
Blogger Susan said...

Anonymous is right. I couldn't find any such statistics at the United Nations Health Organization at all. Where did they get these figures? If fact, most rankings for all kinds of health issues show just the opposite. The US is way down the list on Infant mortality, quality of health care, etc.


Fri Dec 18, 08:51:00 PM CST  
Blogger Susan said...

I agree with Anonymous. There are no statistics to be found like this at the UN International Health Organization. In fact, the opposite seems true. When you google for rankings for things like Infant mortality (37th) and quality of health care, the US is way down every list. Better make some clarifications.


Fri Dec 18, 08:54:00 PM CST  

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