- Feds ask judge to impose $6.5 million punishment for Cape surgeon (12/7/17)9
- Harbor Freight Tools plans to move ahead with Cape Girardeau store (12/5/17)2
- Former Wimpy's Drive-In owner Freeman Lewis dies (12/9/17)2
- Business Notebook: Yule Log Cabin gets home feel honestly (12/4/17)
- Makeover at the movies: Transformation complete inside Cape theater (12/8/17)4
- Sugarfire Cape barbecue restaurant to open June 2018 (12/7/17)
- Fire displaces family of seven (12/5/17)1
- Fruitland Army veteran spends weeks helping in ravaged Puerto Rico (12/5/17)2
- Pedestrian struck on Broadway (12/11/17)3
Health care comparison
Gary Rust's column in the Nov. 14 Southeast Missouri cites an unnamed and undated newsletter which states that government-controlled medical care delivers more expensive and lower quality health care. This statement is not supported by the facts.
The Urban Institute, a not-for-profit and nonpartisan policy and educational organization, conducted a study in August of 2009 that addressed the quality of health care in the United States. It reached the conclusion that our medical system is not pre-eminent on quality.
According to the 2011 Pocket World in Figures, published by the Economist magazine and the 2011 CIA World Factbook, the United States spends 15.7 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) on health care. In contrast, the countries of Western Europe and Canada spend, on average, 9.2 percent of their GDP on health care.
Other pertinent statistics include:
* Male life expectancy -- U.S.: 77.7; Western Europe and Canada: 78.0
* Female life expectancy -- U.S.: 82.1; Western Europe and Canada: 83.3
* Doctors per 1,000 population -- U.S.: 2.7; Western Europe and Canada: 3.4
* Hospital beds per 1,000 population -- U.S.: 3.1; Western Europe and Canada: 5.2
* Infant mortality per 1,000 births: U.S.: 4.8; Western Europe and Canada: 4.2
From the foregoing, it is obvious that our health care system is too expensive and needs reform.
JOHN R. PIEPHO, Cape Girardeau