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US healthcare: the world’s best?

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Some still think that the US healthcare “system” is much better than anything that, say, Europe or Canada can offer. Wonder what they think of this story:

The United States has a sharply higher rate of women dying during or just after pregnancy than European countries, even some relatively poor countries such as Macedonia and Bosnia, according to the first estimates in five years on maternal deaths worldwide.

The report released by various United Nations agencies and the World Bank on Friday shows that Ireland has the lowest rate of deaths, while several African countries have the worst.

The United States has a far higher death rate than the European average, the report shows, with one in 4,800 U.S. women dying from complications of pregnancy or childbirth, the same as Belarus and just slightly better than Serbia’s rate of one in 4,500.

Just one out of 47,600 women in Ireland die during or just after childbirth, the report found. Bosnia had the second-lowest rate, with 1 in 29,000 women dying during pregnancy and childbirth.

“Among the ten top-ranked European and other industrialized countries, where women are guaranteed good-quality health and family planning services that minimize their lifetime risk, fewer than one in 16,400 will die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth,” the United Nations, which issued the report along with the World Bank, said in a statement.

“At the other end of the scale are ten countries where high fertility and shattered health care systems raise women’s lifetime risk so that more than one in every 15 women will die of pregnancy-related causes,” it said.

The report, published in the Lancet medical journal, places the United States 41st among 171 countries.

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Written by Leisureguy

14 October 2007 at 4:24 pm

Posted in Health, Medical

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  1. Interesting stuff. Can anyone on the left or right think of one good reason why we aren’t on the top of the list of solid, rational, affordable medical care? You may want to check out a video on YouTube by a veteran of healthcare who is positioning himself as a watchdog/consumer advocate on the subject. He has some very interesting ideas.


    Michael Samuels

    15 October 2007 at 6:25 am

  2. Many thanks. Good report. I’m blogging it.



    15 October 2007 at 8:12 am

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