The Transatlantic Health Gap
Even though the US purportedly has better technology, there’s a gap between us and Britain in actual health, and it remains a mystery as to why according to this story.
If you ask Hans Rosling however he is most probably going to tell you that it’s all about better health education and preventive care.
Despite the greater use of health care technology in the US, Americans receive less preventive health care than their English counterparts.
They have fewer physician consultations per year.
Acute hospital visits are also shorter in the US, potentially resulting in missed opportunities for follow-up, say the report authors in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
Why health status differs so dramatically in these two countries, which share much in terms of history and culture, is an unresolved puzzle”
It is also possible that differences in social or environmental conditions or lifestyle play a role.
But despite looking, the researchers did not find any real evidence that differences in obesity, alcohol consumption or physical activity were to blame.
Here is a link to the Study, which was embargoed until today.
Here’s the Journal the paper is in but it doesn’t appear to be in the free sections