A big story – front page in the Guardian, right next to her picture – in Britain today: Growing inequality in the healthcare system. It’s so bad that lower-income manual workers have an infant mortality rate of 5.6 deaths per 1,000 live births- 17% higher than the national average of 4.8 deaths per 1,000 live births.
Sounds bad, but then you think of North Carolina. Our overall infant mortality rate reported by Action for Children NC, is 8.1 deaths per 1,000 live births. Oh, wait, what about among whites? 6.0 deaths per 1,000 live births. Among all other races? 13.6 deaths per 1,000 live births.
Our cousins across the pond are worried about inequality? We’ve got more than they could ever dream of in NC. Good thing we’ve got our market-based health system working overtime at far more than twice the cost of the UK's to deliver those figures. Bottom line: A baby born to a well-off family here in NC has more of a chance of dying than babies born to the poorest families in the UK. Looks like we’ve got some work to do.