Not really a surprise, at least not to conservatives:
As recently published by Investor Business Daily, a survey by the U.N. International Health Organization has reported:
Percentage of men and women who survived a cancer five years after diagnosis: U.S. 65 percent, Eng-land 46 percent, Canada 42 percent.
Percentage of patients diagnosed with diabetes who received treatment within six months: U.S. 93 percent, England 15 percent, Canada 43 percent.
Percentage of seniors needing hip replacement who received it within six months: U.S. 90 percent, England 15 percent, Canada 43 percent.
Percentage referred to a medical specialist who see one within one month: U.S. 77 percent, England 40 percent, Canada 43 percent.
Number of MRI scanners (a prime diagnostic tool) per million people: U.S. 71, England 14, Canada 18.
Percentage of seniors (65 and older) with low income who say they are in “excellent health”: U.S. 12 percent, England 2 percent, Canada 6 percent.
The initial conclusion from this report is that the U.S. has the best health care in the world.
I’ve noted before the extensive waiting times to get some diagnostic tests in our good neighbor to the north, while here we actually have doctors and clinics advertising for patients to use their MRI machine. We have the machines, and really excess capacity, while the socialized medicine countries — the ones which have removed the profit motive as much as they can — have shortages.
The International Monetary Fund lists the United States as sixth in the world in per capita GDP, at $46,443 per person. The same list has Canada twelfth, with a per capita GDP of $38,290. A significant difference, to be sure, but Canada is clearly a wealthy country.
The Census Bureau lists our current population at about 308,700,000 souls. The current population of Canada is 34,004,000. Since Sharon gave us the number of MRI machines per million population, some simple math tells us that there are roughly 21,920 MRI machines in the US, and 612 in Canada. Why is it that, in socially-concerned, socially-caring Canada, the government-run health system could only buy — or only chose to buy — slightly over 600 MRI machines, when such devices are within the reach of private clinics in the United States?