Monday, May 3, 2010

WHOm are they kidding?

When I debate my leftist co-workers on healthcare, they inevitably cite studies by the UN and other organizations about how the USA ranks far below other countries in its healthcare system. Well, what if those reports are bogus? What if they tilt the playing field based on a political outlook?

Glen Whitman has taken the widely cited WHO report and debunked the faulty national ratings.  Here's a short summary, and to see the full paper, click on this link.

Basically what it comes down to is that these reports give higher rankings for equality of healthcare, regardless of how good that care actually is. So, because Cuba provides horrible healthcare to its citizens equally (except for the 'more equal' government honchos), it ranks almost tied with the United States, even though the poorest of the poor here get better care than Cubans. All because our system doesn't provide care equally among all citizens.

So, anytime somebody tells you that the United States ranks "37th" in healthcare, don't believe it for a second.

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