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Bruce Kessler: US health care: A reality check on cross-country comparisons
infant mortality is strongly and immediately affected by external influences such as the mother’s age, behavior, and lifestyle (meaning factors such as obesity and use of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs)... Teenage mothers are more likely to have preterm, low-birth-weight babies.
While cultural differences can account for some of the differences, regular and consistent medical care can reduce these problems.
For example, in 2000, female life expectancy at birth was 79.3 years in the United States, 80.3 in the United Kingdom and 81.2 in Germany. Female life expectancy at sixty-five was 19.0 years in the United States, 19.0 years in the United Kingdom and 19.6 years in Germany. The differences decline from 1.0 and 1.9 to 0.0 and 0.6.
What we can probably safely infer is that the U.S. pays much more for comparable results, while leaving many people without regular access to primary care.
Blert, you forgot the specifics. How many immigrants does the U.S. have compared to other developed countries? How much does lack of prenatal care affect the statistics in each country? Surely other countries have addicts. Why the disparity in outcomes?
Many thanks for the link to Tablet article on Bloodlands. I have this indispensable, bone-chilling book and cannot recommend it too highly, together with Norman Davies' No Simple Victory. Both books tackle their respective (though related) topics from the transnational perspective, which is the only way to go in that hopelessly confusing, ethnic cauldron that is Eastern Europe.
I fail to understand how sequestration will jeopardize 2 million jobs, since the mandated budget cuts amount to only $100 billion a year, whereas the projected federal deficit is an order of magnitude larger at over $1 trillion a year. $100 billion a year is a drop in the bucket. With apologies to my Danish friends, something is rotten in the state of Denmark. (I think that refers to the Scandinavian delicacy called ludfisk, or lutefisk in Norwegian.) Even the DoD can afford a $50 billion cut for a few years without suffering great harm. Conservatives should not panic over these cuts. Let the bipartisan agreement that was carved out between Republicans and the Administration move forward. There is no need for backsliding.