Dismal infant mortality numbers for our health care system
Recent figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should make all Americans cringe. In 1960, we ranked 12th in the world for infant deaths per 1,000 live births. Today, we rank 29th. Our vaunted and extremely expensive health care system leaves us about equal to Poland and Slovakia, at 6.71 deaths per 1,000 births. Scandinavian and East Asian countries report rates below 3.5 per thousand.