From the AEI website, “In a respectful but divided discussion on Tuesday [February 28, 2012] at AEI, health experts discussed the effectiveness and cost of health care in the United States, particularly in comparison to its Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) counterparts. Giving a thorough synopsis of the research advanced in his newly released book “American Health Economy Illustrated,” Christopher Conover contended that research consistently underestimates the effectiveness of U.S. health care outcomes and exaggerates the system’s costs. In addition, Conover asserted that socioeconomic and lifestyle variables greatly influence benchmark measures such as life expectancy and infant mortality rates and that health systems have limited ability to influence such variables. Furthermore, the methods of calculating these benchmark measures differ greatly among countries: the U.S. counts deaths of unviable and premature infants in its infant mortality statistics, but most other countries do not.” Find more information about the conference and responses to Dr. Conover’s presentation on the AEI site here.
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