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More Thoughts on the Healthcare Follies

A recent “Investor’s Business Daily” article provided very interesting statistics from a survey by the United Nations International Health Organization. So, after you peruse this, take a step back, consider the Senate and House “Healthcare” bills, and be careful what you wish for.

Percentage of men and women who survived a cancer five years after diagnosis:

U.S. 65%

England 46%

Canada 42%

Percentage of patients diagnosed with diabetes who received treatment within six months:

U.S. 93%

England 15%

Canada 43%

Percentage of seniors needing hip replacement who received it within six months:

U.S. 90%

England 15%

Canada 43%

Percentage referred to a medical specialist who see one within one month:

U.S. 77%

England 40%

Canada 43%

Number of MRI scanners (a prime diagnostic tool) per million people:

U.S. 71

England 14

Canada 18

Percentage of seniors (65+), with low income, who say they are in “excellent health”:

U.S. 12%

England 2%

Canada 6%

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want “Universal Healthcare” comparable to England or Canada. If you are lucky enough, or young enough not to worry about this, however, you probably have relatives who do, unless you are going to take care of them.

Moreover, it was Sen. Harry Reid, majority leader in the Senate, who said, “Elderly Americans must learn to accept the inconveniences of old age.” Oh, I forgot, he won’t have the same health insurance the rest of us have. He won’t have to worry about those “inconveniences”.

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