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Why Did Death Rates Go Down When Doctors Struck
by SNS
Saturday Sep 19th, 2020 5:09 AM
In examination of doctors' strikes in several areas, it was found that the death rate went down.













Why has the death rate gone down in at least 5 sites in which physician strikes took place?


During doctors' strikes, the death rate went down
in LA, Bogota, Spain, Israel, Croatia and other
countries and towns.
Why?
The death rate from elective surgeries and from lethal side effects of newly prescribed pharmaceuticals stopped.
Emergency rooms, dialysis units,
neonatal rooms were kept open and those
with heart attacks, need for emergency surgeries,
bone setting etc. were helped in many instances.
Unlike many other countries, doctors have no limits
on their fees in the US unless Medicare and Medicaid are
involved. Hospitals, doctors, and drugs cost more in the US
than anywhere else in the world, but many countries have
higher life expectancy.
In 2020, the US is 46th among nations in life expectacny and 1st in medical expenses. Long before Covid 19 the US was only in the middle tier of countries in life expectancy.

Strikes referred to in Los Angeles and Bogata were in 1976
https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk July 13, 2002
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/slightly-blighty/201510/why-do-patients-stop-dying-when-doctors-go-strike
https://www.worldometers.info/demographics/life-expectancy/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4EYTnawqNU
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1127364/
https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/dr-raj-persaud/when-doctors-go-on-strik...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1127364/



Some charts rate Japan at 84 years, others at 81 years. Other factors include very strict laws on speeding and a very low crime rate.
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