New Health Care Reading

David Hogberg has joined the blogosphere with Health Hog.  One of his first posts links to a debate between David Gratzer and Jonathan Cohn.  Gratzer’s opening salvo mentions a book by Robert J. Ohsfeldt and John E. Schneider, which is among three books reviewed here.  Gratzer writes,

Robert L. Ohsfeldt and John E. Schneider factor out intentional and unintentional injuries from life expectancy statistics, concluding that this non-injury group of Americans outlive similar groups in other countries.

I’ve often wondered what would happen if you did this sort of calculation.  I can’t say that I am entirely shocked that if you adjust longevity data for things like murders or car accidents, the U.S. comes out ahead.