Socialized Medicine and Life Expectancy

The US has the best healthcare system, thats what everyone says.    I suppose it is true.   There is a fascinating detail that is never mentioned in the debates.   Life expectancy.

  • Switzerland
  • Israel
  • Iceland
  • Australia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Canada
  • Italy
  • New Zeland
  • Norway
  • Austria
  • Netherlands
  • Belgium
  • Malta
  • United Kingdom
  • Germany
  • Finland
  • Ireland
  • Denmark

The above and many other nations all live longer than those of us in the US.   They all have socialized medicine.   They live longer by 3 or 4 years.    In those nations we always hear of healthcare rationing.   We hear horror stories of how long it takes to see a doctor.    For the most part, and from Canadian friends I have talked to over the years, I believe these waiting list stories.  

So the question is why do they all live longer than us if they are not able to see a doctor as often ?    I think the answer is in asking the question in the other direction.    Why does going to our own doctors more frequently result in us dying sooner ?

The reason you live longer in socialized medicine countries may be because you are prevented from seeing the doctor in the first place……. :)

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