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Best medicine in the U.S.? Maybe not

Tuesday, May 4, 2004 Posted: 11:29 AM EDT (1529 GMT)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new study challenges a widely held view in the United States that Americans have the best medical care in the world.

A review of health care in the United States and four other industrialized, English-speaking countries, published Tuesday in the journal Health Affairs, found that the United States leads in some areas and trails in others.

Breast cancer survival rates were higher in the United States than in Australia, Canada, England and New Zealand, the report says, citing health data through 2000. American women also were screened for cervical cancer at a higher rate than women in the other countries.

Article: http://www.cnn.com/2004/HEALTH/05/04/us.healthcare.ap/index.html