HOT BLAST: Obamacare and those healthy Swedes
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Comparisons of the United States' health-care system and those of other western nations were common in the months before and after the Affordable Care Act -- Obamacare -- became law.

Last Sunday, the New York Times provided another, this one a comparison of Sweden's system with that of the United States.

The author wrote, "The United States spends more than $8,000 a person per year on health care, well more than twice what Sweden spends. Yet health outcomes are far better in Sweden along virtually every dimension. Its infant mortality rate, for example, was recently less than half that of the United States. And males aged 15 to 60 are almost twice as likely to die in any given year in the United States than in Sweden.

"In fairness, those differences result partly from lifestyle. In Sweden, workers are more likely to commute by bicycle than by car, for example, and obesity is far less common. Absolute poverty and income inequality — both associated with adverse health outcomes — are also lower.But when illness strikes, the Swedish health care system responds efficiently."

-- Phillip Tutor

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