Map of life expectancy at birth from Global Education Project.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Socialized Medicine Kills People

But apparently not very effectively. Death rates at lowest levels ever in England and Wales.

Between 1999 and 2009, death rates fell by more than a quarter for men and over a fifth for women, according to the figures from the Office of National Statistics, which said they were now at their lowest since records began in 1841.

Circulatory conditions like heart disease remain the most common cause of death, contributing to a third of the deaths registered. But over the decade, mortality from these diseases fell by 40% for both men and women.

The infant mortality rate in the UK is now under 5/1,000 live births. In the U.S., it's 6.22. Of course we have the absolute best pediatric urology.


David said...

My take on private vs. "socialized" medicine is that "horror stories" about both systems have a common denominator: bureaucracies that limit or delay access to routine and preventive care. So, I'd say "socialism" (or capitalism) isn't the enemy, red tape is.

Cervantes said...

There is no bureaucracy in the UK or Canada that delays access to routine and preventive care.

Uninsured people in the U.S., however, don't get it at all.

Anonymous said...

David I agree many countries with socialize medicine. The killer is RED TAPE, and people don't take ther fight to parliment. many have died..

hakan altan said...

thank you