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Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Trendlines

The blogosphere is a little excited about this study, which claims that the US has lost ground on 15-year survival rates over the last 35 years.  In 1975, our per capita healthcare spending was similar to our peer nations and we had the lowest survival rate, but only by a little.  Now we’re spending much more and our rate has improved, but not as rapidly as peer nations.  The difference has grown.

Ignore, for the moment, their rather cavalier treatment of issues like obesity, substance abuse, violence, etc. Let’s assume they’ve done their homework and gotten everything right.  Here are my questions:

Over the last 35 years, has the American healthcare system become more socialized or less?

Over the last 35 years, has medical malpractice litigation increase or decreased?

Over the last 35 years, has the health insurance market become more regulated or less?

Don’t think too hard, guys. You might not be able to get an appointment with the neurologist.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 10/17/10 at 11:20 PM in Health Care  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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