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Media Bias In Health Care Reporting

By on 1.26.07 | 3:58PM

Noticed this article on a study showing that the U.S. is better at treating blood pressure than some other nations (Hat tip: Matthew Holt.) You'll notice that a good deal of the article is devoted to criticisms of the study. Indeed, it's treatment of the criticisms seems pretty comprehensive.

Now, I'm not suggesting the criticisms are not valid. Rather, compare that article to ones that report on a study suggesting that the U.S. health care system is lousy. See if you can find any criticism of the Commonwealth Fund study in them.

The more I read the press, the more I'm convinced that reporters are skeptical about anything that says our health care system is better than other nations while they are credulous about anything that says it stinks.

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