- College algebra to be removed from Southeast required curriculum (10/10/17)1
- State declares test results for schools invalid (10/4/17)2
- Child-custody advocate: State law needs fix to provide parents with more equal custody (10/12/17)
- One of Cape's oldest mom-and-pop restaurants opens in new location (10/10/17)
- Past Rowdy the Redhawk mascot's identity revealed (10/15/17)
- Cancer will 'change your life, but it doesn't have to rule it' (10/8/17)
- Police chief, council: Cape Girardeau faces growing gun violence (10/17/17)4
- Bills addressing equal child custody to be filed, legislators say (10/13/17)
- Developer asks court to OK tax district board for improvements near Hobby Lobby (10/17/17)4
- Sikeston singer moves on with 'The Voice' (10/16/17)
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