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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

gladwell.com: U.S. versus U.K.

Though I'm skeptical about anything originating from Paul Krugman, I find this article from Malcom Gladwell very interesting and worth commenting.

Gladwell/Krugman use the finding that in spite of far greater spending on healthcare, Americans are on average less healthy than Britons.

The conclusion in the article is that it's because Americans are far more stressed. I won't argue with that, but am surprised that no one is using the article to argue about a different healthcare system for the US, as the UK is a single-payer (nationalized) system.

Thoughts?

gladwell.com: U.S. versus U.K.

1 comment:

Aris said...

A lot of the "healthcare" $$$ spent in the US has nothing to do with the actual provision of healthcare: the data is skewed as a result.

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