Health Care Anyone?

December 11, 2016

I do not have a political agenda that I am supporting. I simply wish to share some fascinating, if not startling facts regarding the American health care question I gleaned from an article written by New York Times syndicated columnist, Nicholas D. Kristof, dated November 6th, 2009. With that said, one would believe that the wealthiest country in the world would have the best health care for its citizens, wouldn’t you? That’s not necessarily true.

In terms of life expectancy the United States of America ranks 31st. That puts us in the company of such countries as Chile and Kuwait. We rank 37th in infant mortality and 34th in maternal mortality. An American baby is two and a half times more like to die by age 5-that’s right, by age five-than a child in Singapore, for example. But here’s the real clincher: An American woman is 11 times more likely to die in childbirth than a woman in certain countries in Europe.

According to Mr. Kristof, minority groups fare even worse. He points out that a black person in the city of New Orleans has a shorter life expectancy than the average person in Vietnam or Honduras. How can that be?
Does this suggest a problem in our health care program? Certainly. The bottom line question is a simple one: What should be done about it? For years our national leaders have wrangled over the issues involved in the care of our citizens. They have found the answer not to be so simple.

Norman W Wilson, PHD

Dr. Wilson has forty years experience in education at the junior high school, graduate school, and community college. He is the author and co-author of textbooks in literary criticism and in the humanities.

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