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American Health Care Earns D Grade

As American legislators debate the overhaul of our health care system, they may want to check the most recent report card. The Conference Board of Canada has been issuing health care report cards since 1996. This year Canada earned a B based on objective criteria such as life expectancy, infant mortality, and deaths from cancer. The United States placed last out of the 16 developed countries considered in the report and earned a D.

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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