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Letter to the editor in today's Post-Dispatch

Mimi Signor’s letter ("Anecdotes can show problems of health care system," Oct. 9) hits the health care nail squarely on the head. To paraphrase former state Rep. Tim Harlan (D-Columbia), who was instrumental in legislating landmark health care reform in Missouri, the plural of "anecdotal evidence" is data.

Every time I hear a politician rail to the effect that we have the best health care system in the world, and that we shouldn’t tinker with it, I am stunned. We still rank a shameful 38th in the industrialized world in health care outcomes and report 100,000 deaths annually attributed to medical error. We should be doing everything possible to change that.

Leah S. Rubin • Wildwood
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