oh Those Poor Canadians…

While Obamacare is referred to regularly, in derogatory terms, to the Canadian healthcare system by Americans who continue to insist we have the best healthcare in the world, the blog Sadly, No! documents how we do compared to our neighbors to the North.

But let’s not let facts get in the way of the established opinion we read about on the center-right blogs here:

Circulatory disease deaths per 100,000:

  • Canada: 219
  • United States: 265

(more after the jump:)

Child maltreatment deaths per 100,000:

  • Canada: 0.7
  • United States: 2.2

Digestive disease deaths per 100,000:

  • Canada: 17.4
  • United States: 20.5

Infant mortality rate per 1,000 live births

  • Canada: 5.08
  • United States: 6.3

Intestinal diseases death rate

  • Canada: 0.3%
  • United States: 7.3%

Proability of not reaching age 60:

  • Canada: 9.5%
  • United States: 12.8%

Respiratory disease child death rate per 100,000

  • Canada: 0.62
  • United States: 40.43

Heart disease deaths per 100,000:

  • Canada: 94.9
  • United States: 106.5

HIV deaths per million people:

  • Canada: 47.423
  • United States: 48.141

  2 comments for “oh Those Poor Canadians…

  1. Adam
    July 24, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    No stats on cancer deaths. Intentionally omitted? I don’t know the rates, but I know that various cancers are cited by conservatives opposing gov’t involvement in healthcare.

  2. July 25, 2009 at 12:23 am

    The US is number one! Canada is a top 5 listing. But the US is currently 50th in the world in life expectancy s its highly likely older Canadians get cancer while younger Americans get it too

    Here’s a clip:
    Canada gets high ranking for cancer survival rates
    Updated Wed. Jul. 16 2008 10:55 PM ET

    CTV.ca News Staff

    Canada has some of the best cancer survival rates in the world, and doctors are pointing to our much-maligned public health-care system as the reason.

    In a report on worldwide cancer survival rates, Canada ranked near the top of the 31 countries studied with an estimate five-year survival rate of 82.5 per cent.

    For breast cancer, Cuba had the highest survival rates — another country with free health care. The United States was second, and Canada was third, with 82 per cent of women surviving at least five years.

    “Canadians always tend to complain about our health-care system,” Dr. Mary Gospodarowicz, a cancer researcher with Toronto’s Princess Margaret Hospital, told CTV News. “But this study shows us that in an independent study done by external bodies, the survival of cancer patients in Canada is among the best in the world.”

    The U.S. has a five-year survival rate in all the cancers studied of 91.9 per cent, while Europe’s is much lower at 57.1 per cent. However, survival rates within the U.S. can vary.

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