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Premature death rate in US is almost double that in France, study shows

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 03 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6352
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

The number of avoidable deaths among people aged less than 75 years is higher in the United States than in 15 other industrialised countries, says a new study, and progress in preventing such deaths is slower in the US.

The United Kingdom comes second highest in the list, with Denmark third, while France comes at the bottom, with the best record on premature mortality.

Avoidable deaths, also called amenable mortality or premature deaths, are deaths from a number of conditions that would not have occurred had healthcare been timely and effective. They account for about a quarter of deaths in …

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