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- Jan 8, 2010
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- NE Ohio
- Political Leaning
ABSTRACT Many advocates of US health reform point to the nation’s
relatively low life-expectancy rankings as evidence that the health care
system is performing poorly. Others say that poor US health outcomes are
largely due not to health care but to high rates of smoking, obesity,
traffic fatalities, and homicides. We used cross-national data on the
fifteen-year survival of men and women over three decades to examine
the validity of these arguments. We found that the risk profiles of
Americans generally improved relative to those for citizens of many other
nations, but Americans’ relative fifteen-year survival has nevertheless
been declining. For example, by 2005, fifteen-year survival rates for fortyfive-
year-old US white women were lower than in twelve comparison
countries with populations of at least seven million and per capita gross
domestic product (GDP) of at least 60 percent of US per capita GDP in
1975. The findings undercut critics who might argue that the US health
care system is not in need of major changes.
This study, even accounting for differences in healthy culture has found worse outcomes for US citizens in regards to health care.