|By Philip Klein; Philip Klein, Senior Writer|
A new report from liberal think tank the
The first giveaway that something is amiss should be the fact that the
The problem with the
The study also doesn't mention cancer outcomes. As it turns out, the U.S. ranks well ahead of the
The study also relies on surveys of patient satisfaction, which are subjective, because they vary based on people's expectations. If people have low expectations, then a system with objectively bad health outcomes could still be viewed as satisfactory.
In addition, the U.S. loses points in the study due to the nation's relative infant mortality rates. But infant mortality is a notoriously bad statistic for international comparisons, because it isn't consistently measured and varies by race and ethnicity. Racial minorities have higher rates of infant mortality, and the U.S. is more racially diverse.
This isn't to say that the U.S. has a perfect health care system. Even before
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