Nicholas Kristoff felt obliged to apologize for comparing The Best Health Care System in the World to Slovenia’s.
In several columns, Iâ€™ve noted indignantly that we have worse health statistics than Slovenia. For example, I noted that an American child is twice as likely to die in its first year as a Slovenian child. The tone â€” worse than Slovenia! â€” gravely offended Slovenians. They resent having their fine universal health coverage compared with the notoriously dysfunctional American system.
As far as I can tell, every Slovenian has written to me. Twice. So, to all you Slovenians, I apologize profusely for the invidious comparison of our health systems. Yet I still donâ€™t see anything wrong with us Americans aspiring for health care every bit as good as yours.
Read today’s column for a good summary of whythe best system in the world is…. well… not.