World's happiest and most prosperous countries.

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

Midnighter wrote:

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...

Or, rather than guess, you could read the document.

...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).

There are 17 different factors which make up the health ranking.  Six of the 17 are from survey results, and the rest are objective facts (like life expectancy).

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?

One of the 17 factors taken into account is "health expenditure per person" (although it is given a larger weighting than some of the other factors, p.20).

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