Although the U.S. spends more on healthcare than other developed countries, its health outcomes are generally no better
November 01, 2013


Health Outcome U.S. Rank
(1st is preferable)
Heart Attack Fatalities
Deaths per 100,000 people
12th out of 32
Life Expectancy
Expected age of death for individuals currently age 65
Men 22nd out of 34
Women 25th out of 34
Infant Mortality
Deaths per 1,000 births
31st out of 34
Unmanaged Asthma
Hospital admission rates, adjusted for age and sex, per 100,000 people
27th out of 28
Surgical Complications
Accidental puncture or laceration, rates per 100,000
16th out of 19

SOURCE: OECD, OECD Health Statistics 2013, November 2013.
NOTE: Data for 2011 or latest available.

The United States healthcare system is the most expensive in the world, and our healthcare costs are projected to keep rising — faster than inflation, the economy, or wages. Despite those high costs, our health outcomes are generally no better than those of our peers, and in some cases are worse. Moreover, the historical trend is pessimistic: For example, although life expectancy at birth in the U.S. has risen by about 9 years since 1960, this is a smaller improvement than other countries have seen over the same period.

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