Sunday, March 9, 2008

McCain's wrong: U.S. health care not best

McCain's wrong: U.S. health care not best
Letter to the editor — 3/08/2008 6:14 am

Dear Editor: This morning I read John McCain's comments that he "will campaign to make health care more accessible to more Americans with reforms that will bring down costs in the health care industry without ruining the quality of the world's best medical care."

According to the World Health Organization's 2007 ranking of the world's health systems, the U.S., although it spends the most per person on its health care system, actually ranks 37th worldwide, right before Slovenia and Cuba.

Countries whose health systems rank higher than ours are France, Italy, San Marino, Andorra, Malta, Singapore, Spain, Oman, Austria, Japan, Norway, Portugal, Monaco, Greece, Iceland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Ireland, Switzerland, Belgium, Colombia, Sweden, Cyprus, Germany, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Morocco, Canada, Finland, Australia, Chile, Denmark, Dominica and Costa Rica.

Susan Spahn,



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