Wes sent me this article from the UK Telegraph.
Patients are 45% more likely to die in NHS hospitals than in US ones, according to figures revealing how badly England’s health service compares with those of other countries.
Previously unpublished data collated by Professor Sir Brian Jarman over more than 10 years found NHS mortality rates were among the worst of those in seven developed countries.
A patient in England was five times as likely to die of pneumonia and twice as likely to die of septicaemia compared to similar patients in the US, the leading country in the study, the data suggested.
The elderly were found to be particularly at risk in English hospitals compared with those in the other countries.
The figures showed that the situation had improved since 2004, when the death rate in English hospitals was 58% higher than that in the best performing country.
But NHS institutions still lagged behind in the most recent data, from 2012, despite reforms of the health service and increased funding.
Of the other six countries studied, only the US was named because of the sensitivity of the data.
Prof Sir Brian, who adjusted the data to take account of differences in the countries’ health services, did not initially release his figures because he was so shocked by them he at first assumed there must be a flaw in his methodology.
There was, however, “no means of denying the results,” he said.
“I expected us to do well and was very surprised when we didn’t,” the Imperial College London medic told Channel 4 News.
“If you go to the States, doctors can talk about problems, nurses can raise problems and listen to patient complaints.
“We have a system whereby for written hospital complaints only one in 375 is actually formally investigated. That is absolutely appalling.”
Previously, I had posted a summary of a book by Scott Atlas, a medical doctor at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University. In that article, he laid out the reasons why the U.S. healthcare system was the best in the world.
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