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Old 03-09-2011, 11:37 AM   #1
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Interesting cost and outcomes comparisons

Here is a comparative study of the health of the English and Americans. Of course broad studies like this obscure regional variations and they also raise more questions than they answer.

BBC News - England 'healthier than the US'

To see how various countries stack up here is a nice summary of various approaches.....Singapore looks good

BBC NEWS | Health | Healthcare around the world
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Old 03-10-2011, 09:07 AM   #2
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From these stats looks like Singapore and France are the best places to live as regards health care costs and outcomes, closely followed by the UK....US isn't too far behind in terms of life expectancy, but spends far more than the other places.
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From these stats looks like Singapore and France are the best places to live as regards health care costs and outcomes, closely followed by the UK....US isn't too far behind in terms of life expectancy, but spends far more than the other places.
$7300 a year per person buys a lot of inertia.
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Perhaps a better analysis would be to look at quintiles comparisons and how healthy each quintile compares across nations. Averages don't really tell the story, large groups of drug and alcohol abusing people with poor diets can really sway these statistics.

also, for what it's worth, If we in the US would get realistic about end-of-life care then our costs could come down dramtically.
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Interesting. Thanks for the link.
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Perhaps a better analysis would be to look at quintiles comparisons and how healthy each quintile compares across nations. Averages don't really tell the story, large groups of drug and alcohol abusing people with poor diets can really sway these statistics.

also, for what it's worth, If we in the US would get realistic about end-of-life care then our costs could come down dramtically.
So I'm surprised France comes out so well with the amounts of cigarettes they smoke and alcohol they drink.;-)

I bet that dividing things up socio-economically, the higher salary groups would look quite similar regarding health in all countries, but the differences in costs across countries would still be there. Those with lower wages would probably have worse health, but I think the differences between the health of the rich and the poor would be less in countries with easier access to health care, like France. Singapore really stands out with the excellent outcomes for very little expenditure and it is also a mostly privately funded system. Maybe it's a system the US should look at given the way health care is organized in America
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