Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Now Can We Talk about Healthcare?

Measuring the Health of Nations: Updating an Earlier Analysis

By measuring rates of "amenable mortality", or preventable death, a rough measure of the quality of a country's health care system can be obtained. Contrary to Rudy Giuliani's prostate cancer ad, we have some serious ground to make up.
if the U.S. had been able reduce amenable mortality to the average rate achieved by the three top-performing countries, there would have been 101,000 fewer deaths annually by the end of the study period.
Or to put it another way:

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