Child well being in rich countries - Canada's ranking
To the Editor;
The United Nations has published a report card for the top 21 countries in the 'industrialized world'. This is the seventh report in a series from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Innocenti Research Centre [www.unicef.org/irc]. Canadian paediatricians and family physicians have a lot to consider after reading this report.
First, some satisfaction will be found knowing that, overall, Canada ranks in the middle third with a numeric score of 11.8. This is considerably better than the scores for the United States and the United Kingdom, which have two of the worst scores; however, Canada's score is still far lower than the top scoring countries - the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Spain and Switzerland.