The German media know it, German politicians know it, well - the whole German society knows it: the German social system is infinitely superior to its American counterpart. The American health system only cares for the rich, poor folks are without insurance and without hope for the best treatment and the best medicaments... so goes the anti-American mantra of political correctness.
And then this:
Cancer survival in Germany and the United States at the beginning of the 21st century: An up-to-date comparison by period analysis
We compare the levels of cancer patient survival achieved in Germany and the United States (US) by the beginning of the 21st century, using data from the Cancer Registry of Saarland/Germany and the SEER Program of the US. Age-adjusted 5- and 10-year relative survival for 23 common forms of cancer derived by period analysis for the 2000-2002 period were calculated, with additional detailed age- and stage-specific analyses for cancers with the highest incidence. Among the 23 cancer sites, 5 (10) year relative survival was significantly higher for 1 (2) and 8 (5) cancers in Germany and the US, respectively. (...) This comprehensive survival comparison between Germany and the US suggests that although survival was similar for the majority of the compared cancer sites, long-term prognosis of patients continues to be better in the US for many of the most common forms of cancer. Among these, differences between patients with breast and prostate cancer are probably due to more intensive screening activities. (Source: International Journal of Cancer, March 19, 2007)
No doubt: These data have been rigged. I demand a recount!!