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Health Care and Infant Mortality: The Real Story

Terminus in WA Wrote: Dec 30, 2012 10:07 PM
That's what I expected to see referenced in this column, and you're right. It would be the deciding factor. I saw these same stats trotted out sometime back as an indictment on US health care. Where's the real stats on this subject?

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...