A while back, I asked this rhetorical question: Why wasn’t Edward Kennedy flown to Europe to have his cancer treated? The answer, of course, is that the much-maligned U.S. health care system is the best in the world.

Nowhere is this more obvious than in the area of cancer treatment. John Goodman reports on another study published in Lancet Oncology showing that the U.S. has the best cancer survival rates:

A new study of cancer survival on five continents lays to rest the theory that Americans fare poorly compared to other developed countries … in almost every category Americans survive cancer at higher rates than patients in other developed countries. 

Here’s a chart showing U.S. survival rates for breast and prostate cancer compared to the survival rates of four countries whose health care systems are often touted as superior to ours:

David Catron

Wait a minute. How can the U.S. have better survival rates than France? Wasn’t the French system rated the best on the planet by the World Health Organization?

And what the hell are Norway’s survival rates doing so far behind those of the United States?  According to WHO, the Norwegian health care system is WAY better than ours.

Hmm. Anyone care to guess where rich Frogs and Norwegians go to get health care care when they are really sick?  

Comments 7

  1. Stephan Tobin wrote:

    This claim is absurd. Those two health care systems cover everyone in their countries, whereas our has 45 million uninsured. Of course Kennedy is going to get excellent care here. So can anyone with money and a good health care plan. You show your ignorance by referring to the French as “frogs.”

    Posted 22 Oct 2008 at 12:59 am
  2. Paul wrote:

    Tobin, do you have a point? Nothing in your comment even begins to refute Catron’s post.

    Posted 22 Oct 2008 at 8:52 am
  3. Grace Striz wrote:

    Since I have European friends who use to work in the states, until they got sick, I KNOW where they go for health care. Back Home! They can not afford to get care here!
    No one disputes that we have excellent doctors and technology, best on the planet! The WHO rares that with the ability for the majority to get the heqlthcare they need AND how the health care contributes to the overall heath of the population. We rank at the bottom in both those instances.

    Posted 06 Jul 2009 at 3:37 am
  4. Karen wrote:

    @Grace, who are your European friends and were they here legally, were they students? All of my European friends were sent here on employment contracts with good companies who included their health care in the benefits package. If I was working in Europe illegally or as a student I wouldn’t get to use their “Free” national care anyways. So what is your point exactly?

    Posted 07 Jul 2009 at 3:46 pm
  5. Grace wrote:

    BY the way, one of my friends was here as graduate students, the othe working for a small company who had no health insurance option. My point is that we are the ONLY western country that is so unchristian as to not take care of our sick. Cancer should not be a profit making opportunity for anyone. As a matter of fact if you were in Europe as a student or tourist you would definitely be able to use their system if needed. Your concern about illegal entry is interesting, AND telling. Your ignorance how the European systems work is even more evident of your lack of understanding and knowledge how well their systems do work. PS I was treated in Europe while on vacation and was surprised to find I owed nothing!

    Posted 22 Sep 2009 at 11:13 pm
  6. Greg wrote:

    “Cancer should not be a profit making opportunity for anyone.”

    Well, whatever job you hold, you must be providing a service to someone else. YOU should not be “making money” at what you do. I submit that making profit for yourself it evil. Evil! Give up your profit, you vile creature!!!

    Posted 05 Oct 2009 at 7:24 am
  7. Brian wrote:


    Uh, you DO realize that people who work for non profit organizations typically are paid salaries, right? Your argument that Grace works for free is completely off point. If you want to be snarky, and try to zing her, you should tell her that her employer should switch to a non-profit business model.

    Nice try, but you fail. Horribly.

    Posted 08 Oct 2009 at 1:48 pm

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