Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Where is the "care" in health care?

What is happening to the healthiest country in the world? I just finished reading an article in which Dr. Barbara Starfield of John Hopkins states, "The fact is that the U.S. population does not have anywhere near the best health in the world". "Of 13 countries in a recent comparison, the United States ranks an average of 12th (second from the bottom) for 16 available health indicators."

She said the U.S. came in 13th, dead last, in terms of low birth weight percentages; 13th for neonatal mortality and infant mortality over all; 13th for years of potential life lost (excluding external causes); 11th for life expectancy at the age of 1 for females and 12th for males; and 10th for life expectancy at the age of 15 for females and 12th for males.

I also listened to Texas Comptroller Carol Keeton Rylander on PBS this Sunday tell us that Texas ranks dead last in number of insured adults and deal last in number of insured children.

Why is there no uproar from our communities?

In a country and state that has healthcare technology that is astounding, how can we sit idly by while infant mortality rises and vaccination rates decrease?

We should ask every elected official, every time we see him, what is being done to stop this terrible trend.


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