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Saturday, September 15, 2007

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annijones

"...in the U.S. 85% of women ages 25-64 have regular PAP smears, compared with 58% in the U.K.

The same is true for mammograms. In the U.S., 84% of women ages 50-64 get them regularly...."

Your data is old.

http://www.house.gov/weiner/report40.htm

Don't you mean that 66% of women, in the US, who can afford medical insurance, have a mammogram regularly?

I believe the US then falls below the percentiles of the countries with universal health care you mentioned, and far lower than the Dutch and the French!

I am happy to live in a country that guarantees good medical care to all rather than excellence to a few and nothing to many!

Good luck!!

tomfaranda

Anni,

Thanks very much for your comment.

Your link to data on Cogressman Weiner's website is interesting - he says his data is from the American Cancer Society , but when you follow his references, the ACS data is different from what he quotes.

The ACS says: "The percentage of women 40 and older who reported having a mammogram in the past 2 years was 76.4% in 2000, but had dropped to 74.6% by 2005. Though small, the decline was statistically significant."

http://www.cancer.org/docroot/NWS/content/NWS_1_1x_Mammography_Rates_Inch_Downward.asp

This is much closer to the data presented in my posted article, which you quote above in your comment. And which you then say is "old." Perhaps you should check with Weiner's office as to why he got the data incorrect.

What country do you live in "that guarantees good medical care to all rather than excellence to a few and nothing to many!"? It certainly isn't either the UK or the USA.

For more on the poor care of people with cancer in the United Kingdom here is an editorial from the Wall Street Journal which I quoted, and posted on March 14, '06 stating that only 40% of people in the UK with cancer are seen by an oncologist!

http://tomfaranda.typepad.com/folly/2006/03/health_care_cos.html

In the USA virtually everyone with cancer sees an oncologist. A large portion of this weblog is devoted to talking about cancer, specifically my cancer and I think I have some awareness of this issue.

Perhaps you don't believe the WSJ; here's an article in the Guardian (UK) making the same point, with links to loads of other Guardian articles on the subject.

http://society.guardian.co.uk/cancer/story/0,,450746,00.html

I have a large number of firends and in-laws in the UK, and their anecdotal evidence I think bears out all of the above.

And here's a last link to another of my postings, on progress in treating cancer over the past few years.

http://tomfaranda.typepad.com/folly/2006/02/wall_street_jou.html


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