Despite the ongoing effort by the ”news” media to convince the U.S. public that our health care system compares poorly to those of other developed countries, the objective data reveal a far different picture. Dr. Scott Atlas provides some facts in the Washington Times:
Americans have better survival rates from both common and rare cancers than Europeans.
Americans have significantly better survival rates from cancer than Canadians.
Americans have better access to treatment for chronic diseases than Canadians.
Americans have better access to preventive screening for major cancers than Canadians.
A marker for inequality of access and quality of health systems, the “health-income gradient” reveals a more severe disparity in Canada than in the United States.
In the United Kingdom and Canada, patients wait far longer than Americans to see a specialist, have elective surgery like hip replacements or cataracts, or get radiation treatment for cancer.
Sixty percent of Western Europeans say their health systems need “urgent” reform.
More than 70 percent of Germans, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders and U.K. adults say their health systems needs either “fundamental change” or “complete rebuilding.”
An overwhelming majority of America’s leading physicians themselves recently listed the CT scan and MRI as the most important medical innovations in improving patient care in the previous decade.
By any measure, the vast majority of all the innovation in health care in the world comes out of the U.S. health-care system.
So, why do our friends in the mass media continue to misreport the state of U.S. health care? Well, I can never quite decide if they are dishonest, lazy, or just plain dumb. What do you think?