I merely said there are other causes other than those mentioned by the article.
I guess you missed the part where I said "I'm sure there's vast improvement that can be made by hospitals..."
#16 | Posted by jamesgelliott at 2018-07-29 07:05 AM | Reply
Why are those other causes so much worse in America than, say the UK? Do you believe Americans are inherently more prone to drug use? Lazier about getting "free" per-natal care?
When you propose alternate causes, think through what your implications are and what the likelihood of those differences being so much worse in the US than the 38 countries ahead of it on the list.
Here's another article on the topic that delves a little deeper into the data: ArsTechnica
A quote: "At dozens of hospitals in New York, Pennsylvania, and the Carolinas, fewer than half of mothers were given prompt medication for dangerous blood pressure levels that put them at risk of having a stroke or seizure, the documents revealed. At some hospitals, the rate was less than 15 percent. For instance, at Women's Hospital in Greensboro, one of the largest birthing hospitals in North Carolina, staff failed to give timely blood pressure treatment to 189 of 219 mothers between October 2015 through June 2016, according to internal documents.
While high blood pressure is one of the top causes of maternal deaths and complications, experts estimate that up to 60 percent of hypertensive deaths are preventable."
"In a 2015 webinar hosted by influential trade association the American Hospital Association, a trainer talked bluntly to hospital maternity staff about maternal deaths and injuries. 'What we know about those deaths is that most of them were absolutely preventable," the trainer said. "They were from causes that we could have done something about. We could have prevented it if we had recognized the emergency early on.'"
This is a health care delivery problem, pure and simple.
By the way, the Guardian article you quoted in #6 is from 2008 - well out of date. As it happens, I looked at a few in the Lancet article the USA Today article used for its rankings. Both Belarus and Ukraine are now ahead of the US, as they improved and we got worse. I didn't look at the others.