Health-care letter lacked perspective

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Andy Reese's letter "Put health-care issue in perspective" (Dec. 21) contends the United States is not among the top countries of the world with regard to health-care. In his letter, Mr. Reese confuses the easier-to-measure health statistics with the more-difficult-to-measure health care.

For example, many factors affect national longevity and infant mortality rates other than the quality of health care. In this respect, U.S. statistics are a victim of diversity. Countries with top-rated health care (actually top-rated health statistics) are without exception those with a very homogenous population, such as Switzerland and Japan. If we only consider the majority U.S. population group of Caucasians of European descent and Asians of Chinese and Japanese descent, our health statistics shoot to the top few countries in the world.

Fortunately -- or unfortunately -- our diversity includes racial and ethnic groups prone to abuse their own health, including high rates of HIV infections from risky sex, drug and alcohol abuse, tobacco use, homicide, gang-related violence, incarceration for criminal activity, high rates of teen pregnancy and even high-fat and high-sugar diets.

Within these same minority groups, there often is a lower value placed on education with attendant large high-school drop-out rates. The resultant high unemployment and low-skill/low-pay jobs make health care and health-care insurance unaffordable for them even if it were one of their priorities.

In the end, we will throw more money into welfare health-care entitlements without seeing much improvement in health statistics for this large segment of our population. This will not occur until they change their values and their behavior. This is the real change that needs to be made.

Donald L. Davis, Evans

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gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 01/01/10 - 09:27 pm
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Donald L. Davis - You wrote

Donald L. Davis - You wrote this: "If we only consider the majority U.S. population group of Caucasians of European descent and Asians of Chinese and Japanese descent, our health statistics shoot to the top few countries in the world." I read that to mean your excluding blacks and Latinos. Question please. Where did you get that information? Or is it just your own unsubstantiated belief. I suspect the latter.

GGpap
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GGpap 01/02/10 - 04:41 am
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D.L. Davis makes an

D.L. Davis makes an interesting argument but I suspect that gaspringwater is correct in his response. GGpap

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 01/02/10 - 05:18 am
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Reality is not politically

Reality is not politically correct in this "diversified" country. We must ignore the 500 lb. gorilla in the room and act as though it's just "one of the guys". If the subsidized / welfare slaves (what ever the ethnic history) are removed from the stats, the reality of what is available in this country in the way of health care becomes obvious. Mr Davis' LTE just points out reality. The LTE isn't politically correct. Some people will find ways to intentionally misunderstand the reality. (good, loyal Dem voters, all)

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carcraft 01/02/10 - 05:28 am
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The other issue is how you

The other issue is how you measure health care outcomes..In America any child born alive is a live birth In some of the top rated countries a child born alive but not viable..ie birth defect that is incompatable with life, is considered still born. America sp[ends millions of dollars on these children out of hope and compassion..other countries let them die calling them still born, skewing the infant mortality statistics. If you take the death of gang bangers out of the equation our longevity is the same as other industrialized nations..

kulay294
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kulay294 01/02/10 - 10:13 am
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Who would have thought that

Who would have thought that Gasp would bring up something as trivial as forgetting to include someone in a LTE. What about Pacific Islanders, Caribbean etc. You people and your political correctness is getting sickening.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 01/02/10 - 10:28 am
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gas, look up life expectancy

gas, look up life expectancy by race. You will see what Davis is referring to.

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KSL 01/02/10 - 11:08 am
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Gasping, it's funny that you

Gasping, it's funny that you of all people should make a comment about "unsubstantiated belief." You've never done that posting here, have you? LOL. I specifically remember you starting a statement with "I suspect."

soldout
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soldout 01/02/10 - 12:04 pm
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If you really care about

If you really care about yours and your children's health here is an easy fix that would get our country to the top of every list for good health:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/01/02/HighFructo...

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