Infant Mortality – The Excuse is Addressed
From a report put out by the CDC:
Infant mortality rates were generally lowest (below 3.5 per 1,000) in selected Scandinavian (Sweden, Norway, and Finland) and East Asian (Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore) countries. In 2004, 22 countries had infant mortality rates below 5.0.
The United States’ international ranking fell from 12th in 1960 to 23d in 1990, and to 29th in 2004.
International comparisons of infant mortality can be affected by differences in reporting of fetal and infant deaths. However, it appears unlikely that differences in reporting are the primary explanation for the United States’ relatively low international ranking.
I guess even the CDC got tired of the usual right wing talking point which goes something like this:
Just the other day, my cousin’s brother’s friend’s pet walrus mentioned that a person isn’t even considered alive in France until they reach their 47th birthday – 48th if they’re a Libra. And in Germany, they won’t even admit a child died unless a foreigner happens upon the dead body when it gets chucked onto the trash heap. So that proves our glorious free market healthcare system outperforms the socialist and semi-socialist medical systems in Scandinavia, Japan, Western Europe, Canada, and Singapore, regardless of what the statstics say. Woo-hooooooo! USA! USA! We’re number one!