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August 15, 2009

ABOUT THAT TERRIBLE BRITISH HEALTH SYSTEM

Independent

Health spending as a share of GDP

US 16%
UK 8.4%

Percent of total spending on healthcare

US 45%
UK 82%

Health spending per head

US $7,290
UK $2,992

Practicing physicians (per 1,000 people)

US 2.4
UK 2.5

Nurses (per 1,000 people)

US 10.6
UK 10.0

Acute care hospital beds (per 1,000 people)

US 2.7
UK 2.6

Life expectancy:

US 78
UK 80

Infant mortality (per 1,000 live births)

US 6.7
UK 4.8

Source: WHO/OECD Health Data 2009

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

cancer survival rates: Male, USA-66.3%, Wales 47.9%, England 44.8%, Scotland 40.2%. Female, USA, 62.9%, Wales, 54.1%, England, 52.7%, Scotland, 48%. Source, The Lancet 2007.

Anyone who thinks that the UK has better health care than the US is delusional.

August 15, 2009 4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The US already spends about the same (in terms of a percentage of GNP) in public money on healthcare as the UK, Canada and the Scandanavian countries:

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/finance/files/2009/08/chart1.jpg

August 15, 2009 4:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Death from cancer:

United States: 321.9 deaths per 100,000 people,
United Kingdom: 253.5 deaths per 100,000 people

Source:

http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/hea_dea_fro_can-health-death-from-cancer

Interesting, another statistical gimmick to brain wash the public. The truth is if you live in the USA, you are more likely to die from cancer and your life will be shorter.

August 15, 2009 10:54 PM  

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