According to The Washington Post, former governor of South Carolina and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has come under fire for criticizing the health care system in Finland.
The controversy began when Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) tweeted about how expensive it is to have a child in the U.S. versus in Finland. He tweeted, “In the United States it costs, on average, $12,000 to have a baby. In Finland it costs $60. We’ve got to end the disgrace of our profit-driven health care system and pass Medicare for all.”
Haley responded, “Alright @BernieSanders, you’re not the woman having the baby so I wouldn’t be out there talking about skimping on a woman when it comes to childbirth. Trust me! Nice try though.”
Haley continued to critique Finland’s health care system. “Health care costs are too high that is true but comparing us to Finland is ridiculous. Ask them how their health care is. You won’t like their answer.”
Comparing Finland and the U.S. is indeed a strange comparison, as Finland has roughly the population of Minnesota. Yet, Haley took it a step further, claiming that the Finns are not happy with the health care in their country.
Finns did respond, though. And they had many positive things to say about their health care. One Finn, @HKarvinen, tweeted, “Nikki we have two children oldest born in U.S. and younger one in Finland. You should ask my wife, you would not like the answer.”
Another Finn, @TammimenArto, tweeted “I am a Finn. I have been educated by Finnish public education system. I am a director with MSc in Economics degree. I have two children born in public hospitals. Our healthcare system is giving us excellent service. Finland was ranked yesterday the happiest country in the world.”
Indeed, Finland was ranked the happiest country in the world. Two contributing factors were healthy life expectancy and their sense of social support. Finland also has one of the best healthcare systems in the world, according to a Global Burden of Disease Study. The same study said that the U.S. has the most expensive healthcare system in the world. More, a 2014 study on infant mortality revealed that the U.S. has the highest rate of infant mortality in the U.S. and Europe, and Finland has the lowest.