Sunday, August 02, 2009

More Health Care

Political Calculations has a handy dandy chart adjusting OECD life expectancies for non-medical fatalities (automobile accidents, homicides) and interestingly the U.S. jumps from 14th place to 1st place in terms of life expectancy at birth. I imagine the margin would increase if the data were further adjusted to normalize the data for premature births (in europe premies that die within a certain time period are counted as stillbirths and aren't figured in the life expectancy statistics). This doesn't mean that the US healthcare system isn't craptastic. However, it does seem to indicate that public health measures, transportation policy, and crime prevention will ultimately have a much greater impact on life expectancy than health care.

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