This is ludicrous - no way the US lags behind other developed nations. Most of
these nations listed don't measure or report many premature deliveries as
live births. Consequently their data is skewed in a favorable way when compared
the US. We, in the the US, correctly and accurately report ALL live births. If
a live birth occurs in many parts of Europe for example, and the infant
doesn't survive, it's never even recorded as a live birth. Of course
their mortality rate looks better on paper... Geez.
CIA world report puts the US at 50th in a list of countries.Yes, there may
be different methods in counting, but this is an international rating that is an
established data, so there is not much room for failure to register.Here
are the real reasons - let's study Finland. Prenatal care (the key to
prevent infant mortality) has been free and available for the last 70 years. (i
know...as a 65 yr old premature baby I struggled, but survived because of
immediate expert care in March oh -48) today all financial assistance is
stricktly tied/connected to the scheduled visits to MDs/nurses/midwives during
the pregnancy.The truth about the US healthcare is that: you spend
more per capita on healthcare in the world! Even with millions uninsured! But
your system is not effective. Yes we pay our's in taxes, but we do not pay
to insurance companies, nor private service providers.Sadly, Obamacare is
NOT the answer, because it creates more costs than benefits, because it does not
tackle the real cost issues.
From the NYT article cited:"While improving, the nation’s
infant mortality rate is still high compared with the rates in a number of other
developed countries. In 2008, the United States ranked 27th in infant mortality
among the 30 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and
Development, according to the National Center for Health Statistics."One reason the U.S. has a worse rate than other affluent countries is
that minority women often get inferior health care. For example, historically,
black mothers are more than twice as likely to lose a child within a year of
birth than white mothers. Until the racial disparities are fixed, the U.S. will
continue to have a comparatively high rate of infant mortality.
I wouldn't take those rankings at face value. Many of these other
developed nations don't count it as a live birth if the baby dies in the
first 24 hours of life and so it doesn't affect their infant mortality
statistics. I guess it would affect their still born rates though.
ROK and knucklehead ... Sour grapes are sour, but the fact is, that the best
country in the world has forgotten it's most vulnerable. As I said, you tie
your maternity benefit programs with any/all assistance programs (they must see
an MD before their 12th week) and offer the unborninfant a chance at life and
you, too would see a drastic change in the figures. If you woud have a system.
Like developed countries where pregnancy and delivery is covered for future tax
payers (combined cost of pregnancy to delivery ... Including ultrasounds etc.
Even 5 day hospital stay during delivery etc. Would cost you all together less
than 500 for the nine months) you, too, would have what we have... And would not
need .. Sometimes the sour is SOUR no matter how it tastes...