Monday, April 21, 2008

205-277 people EVERY day

My previous post was "60 People EVERY Day." Now I often also think of the 205 to 277 people who die every day in the United States under age 75.

These are UNNECESSARY DEATHS. Why are they not necessary?
The United States is the bottom of 19 countries in its ability to minimize the number of deaths due to preventable diseases.
  • As per a study partly funded by the Commonwealth Fund, which announced the results in January 2008:
    • The U.S. ranked 15th out of 19 using 1997-1998 data.
    • The U.S. ranked 19th out of 19 using 2002-2003 data.
      • Rankings from 1st to 19th: France, Japan, Australia, Spain, Italy, Canada, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden, Greece, Austria, Germany, Finland, New Zealand, Denmark, Britain, Ireland, Portugal, United States
The researchers (E. Nolte and M. McKee) estimated how many lives would be saved in the United States if the U.S. performed better ...

205 people EVERY day
would NOT be dying
if we were only
average in performance
among 19 countries
in minimizing preventable deaths

For more explanation go to and select "Real People" ... or go directly to that web page.