Re: Guest Post - Three Charts

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The dramatic thing about this chart is that the United States does worse than other rich countries in every single area.

I have occasionally ventured to suggest to people complaining about Obamacare, socialism, etc., etc., that, given the time, money and opportunities lost to our crappy healthcare system, it ought to be regarded in the same disparaging light as our crappy and maintenance-deferred national infrastructure plant, requiring a similar level of investment for widespread yield.

Reactions have been mixed. Healthcare seems to be overshadowed by the possibility of unnecessary services, though we take unnecessary drives and plug in unnecessary appliances all the damned time.

Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 01-10-14 7:13 AM
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Numbers 2 and 3 are from The Incidental Economist, which is good if you like this sort of thing.

Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 01-10-14 7:27 AM
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Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 01-10-14 8:46 AM
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I had seen 1, definitely good news.

2 is interesting, a complement to this summary, which requires no statistics.

Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 01-10-14 9:06 AM
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Life expectancy at birth is a statistic.

Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-10-14 9:07 AM
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Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 01-10-14 10:00 AM
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6: Not 1/100th?

Posted by: dalriata | Link to this comment | 01-10-14 10:08 AM
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How commonly used is the measure "pack-year" for volume of past smoking? I just ran into it in a paper. Apparently one pack a day for one year is a pack-year, so two packs a day for three years is six pack-years.

Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 01-10-14 10:10 AM
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Fairly common.

Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-10-14 10:11 AM
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Not 1/100th?

Alternately, they could be equal. Fractions is hard.

Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 01-10-14 10:15 AM
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I call shenanigans about the hypoglycemia. The dramatic upturn of the red line looks like an artifact of the (polynomial-looking) fit; I don't think it's present with any significance in the underlying data, which is very noisy. If you draw the red line as straight (rising from early to late, that seems true) rather than hooked, the fit looks equally good.

Posted by: Scomber mix | Link to this comment | 01-10-14 10:58 AM