Best in the world, my a**


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 Austin 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.



Best in the world, my a**
Aaron Carroll
Thu, 10 Jan 2013 11:40:53 GMT


One response to “Best in the world, my a**

  1. Best in the world? Keep on telling yourself that.

    I’ve had this on my mind for some time now. Haven’t had the time to get to it.

    However, have you dug into the stats at all? Have you gone and tried to find out how many more low birth rate babies we have rather than just how many more died? Or how many more multiple-child births we have?

    Or, even gone into other aspects. Single mom births, incarcerated dad births, high blood pressure moms, teenage pregnancy, or moms with diabetes. Moms addicted to drugs.

    How do various ethnicities in America perform compared to those of the same population in other nations?

    There’s a lot going on here besides just the numbers.

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