National health system bracketology

If you’re one of the estimated 60 million Americans who fill out a NCAA basketball bracket each year, then this story will resonate with you. But, you’re about to feel much worse about your health system. The New York Times decided to play bracketology with the health systems from Canada, Britain, Singapore, Germany, Switzerland, France, Australia and the U.S. by having five experts pick which system was better in head-to-head match-ups, with the winner advancing. In the end, Switzerland won, with Germany as a close second. France defeated the US in round two by a 3-2 vote. This writer is quick to acknowledge there are many different lenses through which a system can be evaluated. InsightCity readers, what do you say? Bring on the comments.

See, all those cancer walks are paying off

Yep, cancer survival death rates are going down and mean survival time is increasing, this according to a study by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries. While that is great news, there are several cancer types that continue to have very low 5-year relative survival rates: pancreas (8.5%), liver (18.1%), lung (18.7%), esophagus (20.5%), stomach (31.1%) and brain (35.0%). While we did not read the whole report (I know), we assume that cancer walks were not identified as drivers of decreasing mortality rates, but early detection is always good. That said, we did find this interesting. Keep fighting the good fight, we are making progress.