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US Health Lags The Developed World – Business Insider

January 10, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

In their efforts to block health care reform, politicians often claim that the U.S. has the best health care system in the world.  As such, we shouldn’t tinker with it.

The evidence, however, points to a different conclusion: the U.S. health care system provides less quality and less value compared to its international counterparts.

The New York Times recently published an article that discusses the results of a comprehensive study convened by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council on mortality rates and other measures of health care.

The expert panel concluded that there is a ‘U.S. health disadvantage,’ according to Sabrina Tavernise at the Times:

The panel called the pattern of higher rates of disease and shorter lives “the U.S. health disadvantage,” and said it was responsible for dragging the country to the bottom in terms of life expectancy over the past 30 years. American men ranked last in life expectancy among the 17 countries in the study, and American women ranked second to last.

Aaron Carroll of The Incidental Economist points us to the report, U.S. Health in International Perspectives: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health, which has plenty of charts that confirm these findings.  For instance, when it comes to the health of a pregnant mother or her soon-to-be/newborn child, the U.S. has the highest mortality rate among all developed nations:

via US Health Lags The Developed World – Business Insider.

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