Graph of the Day for October 19, 2009

"The United States currently spends more than any other nation on health care - 16.5 percent of GDP - yet we still experience poorer health than most other developed nations and even some developing countries."

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. 

Cancer Survival Rates: US and Europe

Source:  National Center for Policy Analysis.      

Hoven's Index for October 19, 2009

Number of Nobel Prizes in Medicine given to US researchers in the last 12 years:  9 (1998-2004, 2006, 2007, 2009). 

Percentage of globally used drugs produced between 1993 and 2003 which were introduced by US firms:

68% of "first in class" drug launches,

45% of biotech launches,

69% of orphan drug launches.

(Source:  Henry G. Grabowski and Y. Richard Wang, "The Quantity and Quality of Worldwide New Drug Introductions, 1982-2003", Health Affairs.)

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