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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Creighton University School of Law

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

State of Health Care: We're Number 19!!

The Washington Monthly's Kevin Drum reports on the state of our health care system: 

A pair of researchers has just published an update that compares various countries on their rates of "amenable mortality," defined as deaths that are "potentially preventable with timely and effective health care." In 1997, the United States ranked 15th out of 19 industrialized countries. So how are we doing now?

Answer: we're now 19th out of 19. The rest of the countries have improved their performance by an average of 16%, while the U.S., that well-known engine of healthcare innovation, has improved by only 4%. So now we're in last place. . . . .

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