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  •  'Relatively low' is, well, a relative term. (4+ / 0-)
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    DSPS owl, paradox, Jim R, Eikyu Saha

    Here in Socialist Great Britain we had 173 deaths for 2011/2012, or 0.6 deaths per 100,000.

    By my math, that makes the US rate 6 times greater than the UK rate.  

    Comparative rates for gun deaths are, of course, vastly worse.  Comparative rates for, for instance, infant mortality are relatively better, but still markedly higher.

    We bitch and moan about EU regulations over here (cf. the current government), and the 'nanny state', but it's no coincidence that by virtually every metric, Teh Rulez over this side of the pond mean that fewer of our peoples gets killed each year.

    •  Y'all have the best health care in the world too (1+ / 0-)
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      Eikyu Saha

      I've read first-hand reports of Americans needing health care when in the UK.  I so admire your system and mentality, while only a reeking sadness occurs when looking over the vicious wreck of the American health care system.

      [sigh] Freedom won't help you when a molar is infected.  We simply refuse to learn or comprehend.

      •  Japan's health care is also pretty good. (0+ / 0-)

        And France, and probably all of the other EU countries.  

        U.S. standing has fallen precipitously on account of it's hyper-capitalist model and failure to implement a single-payer system.  

      •  Not quite, but... (1+ / 0-)
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        Square Knot

        The NHS probably isn't the best health service in the world, but its outcomes are comparable with America's and other leading nations, and Brits pay a lot less for it, per capita, than Americans do for theirs.

        Having lived in both countries for many years, the key difference is the sheer amount of extra freedom and choice having a free-at-point-of-delivery national health system gives you.

        That sounds counter-intuitive, to say the least, but when I compare all the worries and stresses my American friends have been through when trying to make career choices while trying to ensure their family's health isn't put at risk, with those of my British friends, who have never had to worry a single moment about that type of thing (even when quitting their job to start their own business), it's clear that when it comes to freedom of choice, a nationalized system of some kind is the superior option, almost every time.

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