"If a lie is only printed often enough, it becomes a quasi-truth, and if such a truth is repeated often enough, it becomes an article of belief, a
dogma, and men will die for it."
Many have come to believe that the US healthcare system is inferior to the system in Norway. Most have seen life expectancy data lifted up as absolute
proof of this. That is misleading. Despite our terrible eating habits and lifestyle's, here in the USA, the free market system in the US has been
closing the gap on outcomes in Norway.
Let me lay the data out as simply as I can.
From 1960 to 2012 Norway's life expectancy has increased by 10.7% or 7.9 years
From 1960 to 2012 The US life expectancy has increased by 12.8% or 8.97 years.
In what world is a 10% increase not outpaced by a 12% increase and how is +8.97 not better progress than +7.9?
In 1960 Norway had a better life expectancy than the US by 5.4% or 3.78 years.
In 2012 Norway's lead has been cut to +3.4% (a loss of 2%) or 2.71 years (a loss of 1.07 years)
Overall, Norway is just a healthier lifestyle country.
Fun fact, Norway has the lowest incidence of type 2 diabetes in the EU (they eat and live healthier) but they have the highest incidence of type 1
US: 30 per 1000 women 15-19
Norway: 8 per 1000 women 15-19
Work days missed for illness
Norway: 20 (certified by doctor) add 4 for self-certifiaction.
Now, this is not to say that certain aspects of the Norwegian system perform better than those in the USA, just as a whole the USA has been performing
edit on 10-3-2017 by Dfairlite because: (no reason given)