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  • Lisa O'Mary

Despite High Spending, US Ranks Last in Health Outcomes: Study

Updated: Sep 12, 2023

In a new study from the Commonwealth Fund, the U.S. had the worst rates among 12 peer countries studied for life expectancy, death due to assault, avoidable deaths, infant and maternal mortality, and obesity. For suicide rates, the US did a bit better, ranking third, with 14.1 suicides per 100,000 people. (South Korea was the worst with 24.1 suicides per 100,000). The U.S. spends dramatically more on health care than other high-income nations. Our healthcare system is badly in need of change.

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