World's happiest and most prosperous countries.

Started Jan 20, 2013 | Discussions thread
Midnighter
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Re: Some interesting things to point out
In reply to Brian, Jan 21, 2013

Brian wrote:

1) The U.S. Ranked #2 for health. hmmmm how can this be without socialized medicine

http://press.prosperity.com/

I guess because a significant part of their data relies on self reported well-being so it runs into the problem of warped perspective (like believing you are in the middle class even when you are really in the poor working/class) and limited perspective with no comparative experience (like being happy with a loaf of bread and thinking you are well fed while your neighbor dines on pheasant).

Also I think because health expenditure per person in the US is HUUUUUUUUUUUGE. That would be, in socialized care, a good thing.... because the money would create a more effective health outcome per dollar. However if hospital treatment for anaphylactic shock costs 5-10 times more in the US than in a nation with more socialized care what do you make of it? 5-10X more money spent on care... must mean health is better?

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