Best in the World, my Ass

By now, I’m sure you’ve read an article on how we’re dying at higher rates of so many, many things compared to the rest of the world. All that is from an IOM report that I haven’t had the time to read fully yet.

But a colleague pointed me to a site which allows you to look at some of their data in charts. Honestly, I’d like to post them all. Since I can’t do that, I’ll focus on some of my favorites. Let’s start with pregnancy and birth.

This is deaths from maternal conditions related to pregnancy:

Maternal Conditions

That’s moms dying, not kids. Look at how many more mothers – women – die from pregnancy related conditions in the US than in any other comparable country.

Here’s deaths from perinatal conditions:

Perinatal conditions

Here’s deaths from prematurity and low birth weight:


Here’s deaths from birth ashyxia and birth trauma:

Birth Asphyxia

Here’s deaths from neonatal infections and other conditions:

Neonatal Infections

Here’s how much we spent on health care per person, relative to other countries, leading up to 2008:

Spending per capita.007

Best in the world? Keep on telling yourself that.

[Cross-posted at The Incidental Economist]