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April 10, 2012 11:50 AM Worthwhile Canadian Initiative: Report Cards

By Austin Frakt

The Conference Board of Canada has recently updated its Health Outcomes by Country report cards using the latest data from the OECD. They score themselves a B. Guess which country is at the bottom of the list?

The details are here. I wrote about a prior version of this report card in 2010.

Interestingly, the U.S. is near the top (2nd) in self-reported health status-we say we’re healthy-but in all other measure we’re near the middle or bottom of the pack. Canada, as it turns out is number one in self-reported health status, despite having relatively little to crow about itself (other than, perhaps, being not as bad as the U.S.). Looks like North America has a superiority complex. On the other hand, it’s hard for dead people answer survey questions. The U.S. is last in infant mortality (Canada is nearly so) and life expectancy.

[Cross-posted at The Incidental Economist]

Austin Frakt is a health economist and an assistant professor at Boston University's School of Medicine and School of Public Health. He blogs at The Incidental Economist.