People in US have poorer health and die younger than those in other rich countries

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 11 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f215
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

People in the United States are less healthy, have more chronic disease and disability, and die at a younger age than people living in other wealthy nations, concludes a new report by a panel convened by the US National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine.1

The panel found that the US fell short in health outcomes at every age from birth to 75 years and that the deficiencies were found at all levels of society. Even high income, college educated, white Americans tended to be sicker and die younger than their peers in other rich countries.

So many problems were identified in so many areas that it indicated that “something is fundamentally going wrong,” said Stephen Woolf, professor of family medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University in …

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