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Health Care and Infant Mortality: The Real Story

hvogel Wrote: Dec 30, 2012 8:50 AM
I read the same thing. I think it was in an Ann Coulter column years ago. The upshot is that in the U.S. live birth statistics include many at-risk infants which other first world countries would not count. If all first world countries used the same criteria for counting live births, the U.S. would have one of the lowest, maybe even the lowest, infant mortality rates in the world.

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...