Tuesday, January 05, 2010

In a Nutshell: The "Debate" is Over (or Just Beginning)

[Welcome Industry Radar readers!]

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this graph is worth perhaps ten thousand:

Take a moment to study it, and then think about this:

"What it shows is health care spending per person across a group of countries, along with life expectancies, average number of doctor visits per year, and whether a country has a system of universal health coverage."

That is, it is the first (AFAWK) time anyone has correlated all the various health care systems, along with each country's mortality and morbidity rates, along with a handful of other factors to which folks on both sides of the debate on health care "reform" often allude. One of the most persistent "call to arms" is that folks in other countries spend far less than we do on health care, yet enjoy longer life expectencies. Another popular meme is that because uninsured (and now "underinsured") folks don't see the doctor as often, their health suffers.

All wrong.

Or, more accurately, not correct.

If that puzzles you, then I urge you to click here to read "the rest of the story."

You'll be glad (or mad) you did.

[Hat Tip: Dr Val]

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