Sunday, July 17, 2011

So You Thought Our Health Care in America Needed Fixing?

A recent "Investor's Business Daily" article provided very interesting statistics from a survey by the United Nations International Health Organization.

Percentage of men and women who survived a cancer five years after diagnosis:
U.S.              65%
England        46%
Canada            42%

Percentage of patients diagnosed with diabetes who received treatment within six months:
U.S.              93%
England        15%
Canada            43%

Percentage of seniors needing hip replacement who received it within six months:
U.S.              90%
England        15%
Canada            43%

Percentage referred to a medical specialist who see one within one month:
U.S.              77%
England        40%
Canada            43%

Number of MRI scanners (a prime diagnostic tool) per million people:
U.S.              71
England        14
Canada            18

Percentage of seniors (65+), with low income, who say they are in "excellent health":
U..S.              12%
England          2%
Canada              6%

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