Tuesday, September 4, 2007

British Cancer Survival Rates

Apparently, while I was gone, some fun figures came out about British health care. This is the best summary I have seen in my collection of feeds, and it contains some nice links to other stuff. From the Telegraph:

Cancer survival rates in Britain are among the lowest in Europe, according to the most comprehensive analysis of the issue yet produced.

England is on a par with Poland despite the NHS spending three times more on health care.

Survival rates are based on the number of patients who are alive five years after diagnosis and researchers found that, for women, England was the fifth worst in a league of 22 countries. Scotland came bottom. Cancer experts blamed late diagnosis and long waiting lists.

In total, 52.7pc of women survived for five years after being diagnosed between 2000 and 2002. Only Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the Czech Republic and Poland did worse. Just 44.8pc of men survived, putting England in the bottom seven countries.

And soon our government will be bringing the same quality care to our shores. Hooray!

Update: Just found a report that most senior NHS doctors have private insurance, thus avoiding themselves what their patients must undergo.


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