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Sunday, August 12, 2007

an interesting fact

I've never read much about health care issues and it's always made me squirm that socialized medicine seems to work. E.g., countries with nationalized healthcare seem to have higher life expectancies than the U.S. How could the free market fail us? Well, apparently, it didn't. In a blog post over at Cato At Liberty, Michael Cannon points out that "once one controls for fatal injuries and homicides, our life expectancy stats come out better than all other advanced nations’".

This is only one measure of a healthcare system, but it's important to carefully examine each stat before rushing headlong into a Cuba-style healthcare system, especially since we are quite far from a free market in medicine right now.


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