Monday, August 24, 2009

Oh, Canada...

If Canada's health system is so bad, why is the average Canadian lifespan 81.23 years, while the average American lifespan is 78.11?

Why is Canada's infant mortality rate 5.4 deaths per 1,000 live births while the United States is stuck between French Polynesia and Slovakia at 6.6?

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it." - Upton Sinclair

7 comments:

Joey7777 said...

Probably because Canada is nearly entirely Caucasian. The lifespan of Caucasians is longer, and it brings the average up.

Hank Drake said...

The lower life span for non-Caucasians in the United States is primarily because of higher rates of poverty and less access to health services.

Joey7777 said...

And the epidemic black-on-black murder rate, amongst the young. Also AIDS (unfortunately).

Joey7777 said...

BTW : It's not that I'm 100 percent against the health care reform, I just think the lifespans in the U.S. versus Canada is a bad argument for it.

Hank Drake said...

Slovakia is pretty white as well, so genetic differences among ethnicities does not explain disparities in lifespan.

Joey7777 said...

You very well know I'm talking about behavior and not genetics. (Come on, guy. Anybody with a dog as cute as yours should be a little more honest).

Hank Drake said...

How sad that the cloak of Internet anonymity is used to propagate bigotry.