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Brits Healthier Than US

10:55 AM -- Today's Guardian points to why I'm not feeling so well:

    Middle-aged people in Britain are healthier than their American counterparts, despite healthcare costing nearly twice as much per person in the US, according to a study released yesterday. The research found that rates of diseases such as diabetes, lung cancer and high blood pressure among Americans aged between 55 and 64 were up to twice as high as in England. Americans also had higher rates of heart disease, heart attacks and strokes...

    But the disparity was not simply down to lifestyle differences either. In both countries about one fifth of the study group were smokers, but heavy drinking was more common in the UK. Obesity was more common among the Americans, but not high enough to explain the difference...
Could it be Yanks are more stressed out about... well, some damn thing. Maybe that whole Revolution deal wasn't such a great idea after all. But here's the truly startling conclusion:

    Another of the study's findings was that moving up the economic ladder improved health...
Can we hear a "Well, duh"?

— Larry, Attack Monkey, Light Reading

CoolLightGeek 12/5/2012 | 3:55:14 AM
re: Brits Healthier Than US Brits Healthier Than US...
AND heavy drinking was more common in the UK.

Obviously, Americans don't seem to be drinking enough.

Do you need more proof than that?

If so, forget the banana juice and try the hard stuff.
alcaseltzer 12/5/2012 | 3:55:13 AM
re: Brits Healthier Than US >Middle-aged people in Britain are healthier than >their American counterparts, despite healthcare >costing nearly twice as much per person in the US, >according to a study released yesterday.

_despite_ healthcare costing twice as much? Methinks they have cause and effect reversed. Perhaps healt care spending is twice has high in the US _because_ Americans are more sick.

Doesn't anyone in the press (Guardian or LR) catch these and call them out?

It's clear why American's are more sick - burgers, love affair with automobiles, and over-sized portions...
Stevery 12/5/2012 | 3:55:12 AM
re: Brits Healthier Than US Perhaps health care spending is twice has high in the US _because_ Americans are more sick.

I think you missed a possibility:
Perhaps Americans are more sick _because_ they spend twice as much on health care.

Just imagine the change in the telecom industry if we operated like MDs.

1. We'd spend no more than 15 minutes with any given customer.

2. We'd make the customer visit us (with all the other problem customers in the waiting room.)

3. We'd have the customer suppliers buying "telecom insurance" (like health insurance) to socialize the costs of our industry.

4. Best of all, we'd have malpractice insurance to cover us when fiber cuts occured. Forget x2 redundancy.


I think the messages are clear: First, stay away from American doctors. Second, spend more time in the Pub.
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