Why does America have more neonatal intensive care units? Because it needs them.
Well, you can't expect a G7 economy of only 30 million people to be able to offer the same level of neonatal ICU coverage as a town of 50,000 in remote rural Montana.Ha! Funny!
Of course what he doesn't point out is that, because we currently have such a shitty healthcare system—grounded firmly in a free market concept—the United States needs a lot more neonatal intensive care facilities than Canada. According to a recent study:
A relatively high percentage of babies born in the U.S. die before their first birthday, compared with other industrialized nations.All those sick and dying babies in this country require the abundance of NICU facilities we have on hand, but, as Dartmouth researchers pointed out a few years ago, the fact that the United States has proportionately more neonatal intensive care providers for infants born with low birth weight—nearly double the number of Canada and almost triple the number in the UK—we don't have a corresponding higher survival rate for those low birth weight infants.
Forty countries, including Cuba, Taiwan and most of Europe had lower infant mortality rates than the U.S. in 2004. The U.S. rate was 6.8 deaths for every 1,000 live births. It was 13.7 for Black Americans, the same as Saudi Arabia.
So, Mark Steyn can laugh all he wants—as long as he thinks it's funny that the system he's championing has real, tragic consequences for many Americans.