posted on Jul, 28 2008 @ 04:23 PM
reply to post by candyfloss
Yes we do have an infant mortality rate on par with Crotia's. The United States IMR is 6.3. Crotia's IFM is 6.49, and the UK's IMR is 4.93. So
let's round the numbers, that would give an IMR for Crotia of 6, an IMR for the United States of 6, and an IMR for the UK of 5, i don't see much
difference there do you ?
America has medical assistance for low income people, and pregnant woman that do not have health insurance can receive medical insurance through
public aide, as well as receive health and prenatel care through county hospitals and clinics. If they choose not to use these services it is by
choice,not because the services are not there. We also have something called WIC (women, infants,and children) which supplies pregnant women with
supplimental food, as well as supplimental food (including formula which can be very expensive) immunizations, etc for children up to the age of five.
So please don't sit in judgement saying that we have a high IMR due to the fact of no health care, because it's not true.
And let's not forget that there are other factors involved in the IMR besides no health care, there are outside factors involved here. There are
women that refuse to get proper prenatel care, women that refuse to stop smoking (and in some cases drinking and taking drugs) during pregnancy. Young
girls that are not even capable of taking care of themselves, let alone a child, having babies. People that refuse to stop smoking around their babies
and children, which causes health problems for the children. SIDS which has nothing to do with health care. I could go on and list many other factors,
but i think i have listed enough.
So yes while our IMR could be lower, it has nothing to do with the fact that we are not a socialist country and do not have national health care,
because we do have health care for those that truely need it.