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Giuliani on Socialized Medicine and Prostate Cancer


Giuliani’s ad has come under fire for a comparison between the U.S. and the U.K.

I had prostate cancer, five, six years ago. My chance of surviving prostate cancer, and thank God I was cured of it, in the United States, 82 percent. My chances of surviving prostate cancer in England, only 44 percent under socialized medicine.

David Gratzer and Michael Tanner try valiantly to defend Giuliani, but I think the ad is misleading. Leave aside whether an England-style system is the only alternative to Giuliani’s health-care plan, as the ad implies. American survival rates look higher because we diagnose earlier, and catch more cases that wouldn’t have killed the patients. But as Clive Crook points out, a stronger case for the superiority of American medicine could be made with respect to other forms of cancer. (By the way, I think Giuliani’s plan is pretty good.)


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