We’re Sick, Alright

A new study shows that Americans with chronic medical conditions complain more about healthcare than do their international counterparts:

The researchers questioned 7,500 adults in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Britain and the United States. Each had at least one of seven chronic conditions: high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis and depression.

Meanwhile, the Journal of Clinical Oncology reports that 20% of England’s curable lung cancer patients become incurable while waiting for treatment. The British journal Lancet Oncology found that Americans have a higher survival rate than Europeans for 13 of the 16 most prominent cancers. 10% of the Canadian population is stuck on a waiting list without a primary care doctor, and another 800,000 are on another waiting list for procedures.

All this study shows is that Americans complain more than other people. But that’s not really news.