U.S. worst in health care again

Last Revised on January 23, 2008

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A new recent study have shown that American health care ranks last among industrialized countries. France, Japan and Australia were rated best and the United States worst in new rankings. The main focus of the study was on preventable deaths. It is said that nearly 101,000 deaths each year can be prevented if the U.S. health care system or professionals worked well like those of the top countries like France and Japan.

After the top three, Spain was fourth best, followed in order by Italy, Canada, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden, Greece, Austria, Germany, Finland, New Zealand, Denmark, Britain, Ireland and Portugal, with the United States last.

There are large number of Americans who lack any type of health care insurance, which might have been the key factor in the poor showing of the United States compared to other industrialized nations in the study. About 47 million people in America are uninsured out of 300 million.

This study took into consideration the deaths before age 75 from numerous causes, including heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, diabetes, certain bacterial infections and complications of common surgical procedures. These kind of deaths are accounted for over 23 percent of overall deaths in men and 32 percent of deaths in women.

This study has been performed ever since from the year mid 1990’s and all the countries seemed to have made progress in reducing preventable deaths from these earlier rankings. These preventable deaths have decreased by an average of 16 percent for the nations in the study, but the U.S. decline was only 4 percent.

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