Trying to rank and grade health care systems across the globe is a very complex and difficult task. There are so many variables and no easy way to uniformly grade them. The World Health Organization was the last group to try this daunting task. Their reports have also been the weapon used against America’s health care system. There are two glaring deficiencies in Americas treatment according to WHO; Infant Mortality Rates and Life Expectancy. How is it possible that America ranks so low compared to the rest of the world in these categories?
“For example, very premature births are more likely to be included in birth and mortality statistics in the United States than in several other industrialized countries that have lower infant mortality rates.”
“Low birth weight is the primary risk factor for infant mortality and most of the decline in neonatal mortality (deaths of infants less than 28 days old) in the United States since 1970 can be attributed to increased rates of survival among low-birth weight newborns. Indeed, comparisons with countries for which data are available suggest that low birth weight newborns have better chances of survival in the United States than elsewhere. The U.S. infant mortality problem arises primarily because of its birth weight distribution; relatively more infants are born at low birth weight in the United States than in most other industrialized countries”
This is just a good article that links to a bunch of different studies. “This low ranking in life expectancy is often pointed to as being the result of the deficiencies of the health care system in the U.S. The problem with this thinking however is that it does not account for the fact that the U.S. has a disproportionate number of individuals who die as the result of fatal injuries compared to the other wealthy nations of the world. This does not reflect upon the quality of health care in the U.S., in that these events almost universally occur independently of the condition of health of the individuals who die as a result of these factors”
This is from WHO’s website… “The World Health Organization’s ranking of the world’s health systems was last produced in 2000, and the WHO no longer produces such a ranking table, because of the complexity of the task.”
What people need to realize is that the WHO ranking is completely subjective upon weighing different criteria. This particular ranking favors socialist ideals such as patient’s opinions, night and weekend availability, life expectancy, and cost. If you took rankings based on how well the health care was actually performed, USA ranks at the very top in several categories.