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U.S. trails other nations in chronic illness care

November 13, 2008

Chronically ill Americans are more likely to forgo medical care because of high costs or experience medical errors than patients in other affluent countries, according to a study released on Thursday.

By Will Dunham, Reuters
The study comparing the experiences of patients in eight nations reflected poorly on the U.S. health care system as President-elect Barack Obama and his allies work on plans to rein in health costs and extend insurance to more people.

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.

Dutch patients had the fewest complaints, while the Americans had plenty, according to the study by the Commonwealth Fund, a New York-based health policy research group.

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France is healthcare leader, US comes dead last

January 9, 2008

WASHINGTON (AFP) – France is tops, and the United States dead last, in providing timely and effective healthcare to its citizens, according to a survey Tuesday of preventable deaths in 19 industrialized countries.

The study by the Commonwealth Fund and published in the January/February issue of the journal Health Affairs measured developed countries’ effectiveness at providing timely and effective healthcare.

The study, entitled “Measuring the Health of Nations: Updating an Earlier Analysis,” was written by researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. It looked at death rates….

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Missile Defense Update

September 6, 2007
Dear Members and Friends,

Gathered at “The City of Consultations” in Maastricht, Netherlands, where modern Europe and the European Union were formed, a diverse group of countries came together to consult on bringing forward missile defense globally. Maastricht, being in the center of the Benelux countries that sit between France and Germany, has had a steep history of bringing together European countries and uniting them on initiatives for the future. These past few days have been no different.

Sixteen countries participated in discussions led by the Secretary General of NATO, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, focusing on Global Missile Defense. Integration of missile defense systems housed by different nations brings a global solution that can be shared both in protection and cost that benefits all from the growing worldwide proliferation of ballistic missiles. Woven throughout these discussions are the missile defense initiatives with the Czech Republic and Poland. These have become integral in protecting territory and population centers throughout Europe and expanding the protection of NATO. Past consensuses from NATO on missile defense have focused on forward troop and regional area protection rather than that of population and country protection.

This international conference and consultation of Missile Defense has fundamentally shifted from nationalist views of missile defense to that of protection of a global community. It is of distinction and great merit that the Secretary de Hoop Scheffer leads and adheres to Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty here in Maastricht, Netherlands:

The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all and consequently they agree that, if such an armed attack occurs, each of them, in exercise of the right of individual or collective self-defence recognised by Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, will assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area.

MDAA was honored to be in Maastricht to witness this historical change that will make our global community a safer place.


Riki Ellison
President and Founder
Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance

Maastricht, Netherlands