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Thursday, November 15th 2007

US Maternal Death Rate Higher Than Europe's

Blah blah blah blah blah.

The United States has a sharply higher rate of women dying during or just after pregnancy than European countries, even some relatively poor countries such as Macedonia and Bosnia, according to the first estimates in five years on maternal deaths worldwide.

The report, published in the Lancet medical journal, places the United States 41st among 171 countries.

“Americans tend to be complacent about pregnancy and childbirth. Most believe it is now more or less routine and no longer the deadly risk it was for their grandmothers. This is true for most U.S. women, but by no means for all,” the U.N.-led group said in a statement.

You know how much ‘research’ they did for this publication? How many times they visited each country? None.

You know the variation in the self collection/reporting methods used here? You know how applicable these figures are in judging the American health care system?

I’ve blogged extensively on international comparisons of health care quality measurements, such as this. They’re junk. This data is essentially meaningless. And to show my disrespect, here’s something that’s more important than this UN/World Bank report:

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