The crude death rate in a developed country is 150/100000. The crude death rate in a smaller, developing country is 75/100000. Based on these data, which one of the following statement is correct?
|A||The health care system of the developing country is far better than that in the developed country|
|B||More people die in the developed country because it has larger population|
|C||Death rate in the developing countries are the lower due to the emigration effect|
|D||Crude death rate are usually higher in developed countries because of a higher proportion of older person in the population|
Comparison of crude death rates of countries with different population compositions is useless. Adjusting both crude death rates to a standard population gives age-adjusted rates, which can be compared. Developed nations have higher crude death rates because a larger proportion of their population is elderly and thus has a higher probability of dying. Since rates account for population size, a larger population can be compared with a smaller one. Death rates are just one factor in evaluating health care systems.