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Health Care and Infant Mortality: The Real Story

dsagar Wrote: Dec 30, 2012 10:03 AM
I read that too. I also read somewhere that Monaco is rated above us -- and Monaco cannot realistically be compared to the United States. It's not even as big as most mid-size cities, and most citizens are fairly wealthy and older.

Editor's Note: Steve Chapman is on vacation. The following column was originally published in August 2009.

The American medical system has the latest technology, the greatest variety of new drugs and unparalleled resources. But anyone who thinks we're getting something great for our dollars inevitably encounters a two-word rebuke: infant mortality.

The United States is the richest nation on Earth, but it comes in 29th in the world in survival rates among babies. This mediocre ranking is supposed to make an irrefutable case for health care reform. If we cared enough to insure everyone, we are told, we would soon rise to...