Advocates of government-run health care love to quote studies based on World Health Organization statistics. However, they have been strangely silent on a recent study discussed in this piece by Deroy Murdock:
Low-quality, taxpayer-funded health care killed more than 17,000 Britons in 2004, according to the TaxPayers’ Alliance in London.
And that compares very badly to other European countries whose systems, not coincidentally, are more market-oriented:
The TPA examined the World Health Organization’s data to contrast the NHS with the Dutch, French, German and Spanish health systems, which are less government-dominated.
I have, of course, criticized excessive reliance on WHO statistics. But advocates of government-run health care swear by these data. Thus, the TPA study hangs them by their own petard:
While those four countries averaged a 106.6 amenable mortality rate, Britain was almost 29 percent deadlier, with its rate of 135.3.
Regardless of whether one takes WHO data seriously, it’s pretty clear that Perfidious Albion is (with apologies to Yeats) no country for sick men.