Monday, August 31, 2009

Myths & Facts: Which is What?

Writing in today's Wall Street Journal, Jerome Groopman And Pamela Hartzband proceed to fact-check The Won's claims about where we stand and where he'd like us to go regarding health care. The article is chock full of great information; here's a sample:
Americans only receive 55% of recommended care. This would be a frightening statistic, if it were true. It is not ... The statistic comes from a flawed study published in 2003 by the Rand Corporation."
The World Health Organization ranks the U.S. 37th In the world in quality. This is another frightening statistic. It is also not accurate ... The World Health Organization ranks the U.S. No. 1 among all countries in "responsiveness."
No government bureaucrat will come between you and your doctor. If doctors and hospitals are rewarded for complying with government mandated treatment measures or penalized if they do not comply, clearly federal bureaucrats are directing health decisions.
You'll definitely want to Read The Whole Thing™.
[Hat Tip: FoIB Dr Stuart Fickler]
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