News flash:Â Bill O`Reilly is not very bright.Probably true, but the reason for Canada`s relatively higher life expectancy is not socialized medicine either—as Kathy Shaidle pointed out recently, waiting in line for medical care doesn`t make your life longer, it just makes it seem longer.Last night on the O`Reilly Factor, Bill turned to the audience letters. From Peter in Canada: "Has anyone noted that life expectancy in Canada under our health system is higher than the USA?" Bill wasn`t phased, but he did use some creative math to answer. "Well Peter, that`s to be expected," he said, "we have ten times as many people as you do!"There is actually an interesting point here:Â up to a certain point, population density decreases your life expectancy quite dramatically.Â But I`m pretty sure that Bill O`Reilly was not making that interesting point. I`m pretty sure he was saying something incredibly innumerate.
No, the reason is that Canada is a much whiter country than the United States. Ms. McArdle also links, as a mental health break, to a student doctor`s forum in which residents are sharing stories of front line emergency room medicine.Their stories sound like this: