"France best, US worst in preventable death ranking," by Will Dunham. Reuters. January 8, 2008.
WASHINGTON, Jan 8 (Reuters) - France, Japan and Australia rated best and the United States worst in new rankings focusing on preventable deaths due to treatable conditions in 19 leading industrialized nations, researchers said on Tuesday.
...the large number of Americans who lack any type of health insurance — about 47 million people in a country of about 300 million, according to U.S. government estimates — probably was a key factor in the poor showing of the United States compared to other industrialized nations in the study.
France did best — with 64.8 deaths deemed preventable by timely and effective health care per 100,000 people, .... The United States had 109.7 such deaths per 100,000 people, the researchers said.
The costs of healthcare are higher in the U.S., but the rich can afford them.
What is sad is that the new leader of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, is doing his best to move France away from a society dedicated to the general welfare. He's a privatizer.