Thursday, 26 January 2012

Because on the BBC Israel is only bad

BBC Radio 4 From Our Own Correspondent this morning had a piece from Amman (capital of Jordan)  explaining why so many Libyans were there. Apparently it was because 'Jordan is widely regarded as having the best hospitals in the Middle East'.
Jordan not Israel? Really?


Anonymous said...

Hmmm, Israel not mentioned in the report so that makes it biased against Israel? I am sure you'll say this is bias by omission, but if you do I'd also assume you have evidence to show that Israeli hospitals are better than those in Jordan?

Not a sheep said...

In 2010, there were 25,542 doctors in Israel - 3.36 doctors for every 1,000 people. This ratio is one of the highest of all industrialized countries

According to the CIA World Factbook, the life expectancy in Jordan is 80.05 years, one of the highest in the world and the second highest in the region (after Israel).

At an overall 82 years, Israelis enjoy the fourth-longest life expectancy in the world as of 2010.

Per World Bank:
Health expenditure per capita (current US$) 2006-2009
Israel 1,521 1,759 2,093 1,966
Jordan 215 247 325 336

Maternal mortality ratio (modeled estimate, per 100,000 live births):
Israel 7
Jordan 59

Mortality rate, under-5 (per 1,000) 2006-2010:
Israel 5 5 5 5 5
Jordan 25 24 23 22 22

Jordan is indeed one of the best performing countries in the Middle East and well ahead of its fellow Arab countries (and Iran) but not as highly rated as Israel. Of course at the BBC as in the rest of the Middle East it is quite likely that 'Jordan is widely regarded as having the best hospitals in the Middle East' but I know in which country I would rather be treated and indeed live.

Anonymous said...

so, nothing about hospitals though?

Not a sheep said...

If you cannot see the direct connection between the statistics that I provided (at your request) and hospitals than you are either stupid or more likely the troll that I previously promised not to respond to. I will not make the same mistake again, go play elsewhere.