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.
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:
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?