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Americans Have Worse Health Than People in Other High-Income Countries; Health Disadvantage Is Pervasive Across Age and Socio-Economic Groups
Released: 1/9/2013

On average, Americans die sooner and experience higher rates of disease and injury than people in other high-income countries, says a new report from the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine. The report finds that this health disadvantage exists at all ages from birth to age 75 and that even advantaged Americans - those who have health insurance, college educations, higher incomes, and healthy behaviors - appear to be sicker than their peers in other rich nations.

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  • Figure: Causes of Death for U.S. Men Before Age 50 (JPG, HTML)
  • Figure: Causes of Death for U.S. Women Before Age 50 (JPG, HTML)
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