From Pine View Farm

Health Care 2

One of the myths propounded by those who oppose any change to the current broken system of health care in the United States is that “we have the best health care in the world.”

We don’t. It’s, like, what? 37th, I think.

Daniel DiRito deconstructs the “best health care in the world” claim over at ASZ.



  1. Opie

    March 4, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    Your reasoning is circular. The WHO evaluations don’t simply measure the efficacy of the health care – in fact, that’s only one component. They spend a lot of effort evaluating how close an individual nation’s system comes to WHO’s fantasy socialized health care model. You can actually be healing a lot of people and doing great work, and still be penalized in WHO’s stats if you aren’t doing it their way.

    An interesting way to look at it would be to ask, "When a person is rich enough to afford any health care in the world, where do they go?"

  2. Frank

    March 6, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    I’ll grant you this.

    It is the best health care in the world for someone with unlimited financial resources.  But, if you have unlimited financial resources, you can have the best health care in the world in Darfur, for heaven’s sakes–you just have to pay for the airfare and security.

    Picking at the methodology of the survey does not impeach the overall conclusion that, as far as the overall polity is concerned, the United States does not have the best health care in the world, despite the claims of those invested in (I choose my word carefully) fighting any change.