Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Capitalism Is Wonderful

Today is Tuesday, 27 July 2010.

Capitalism is wonderful.

Provided the subject is surgery, and provided one happens to be in the wealthiest 1/3 of the world’s population.

That group receives 75% of all surgery performed each year.

The middle 1/3, by wealth, receives 21% of all surgery performed each year.

The bottom 1/3, by wealth, of the world’s population, receives 4% of all surgery performed every year.

Triage is wonderful.

(“Global Distribution of Access to Surgical Services”, Paul S. Myles and Guy Haller, The Lancet, July 2010)

(Noted at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/13/health/13glob.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=donald%20g.%20mcneil%20jr.%20surgery&st=cse )


Anonymous wondering said...

So, what do you propose we, in middle America do about it?

8:42 AM  

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