Written by By futurity.org Thursday, 24 January 2013 16:24
This health disadvantage exists even though the United States spends more per capita on health care than any other nation.
Even wealthy, educated Americans with health insurance die sooner and seem to be sicker than people in other high-income countries.
This health disadvantage exists at all ages from birth to age 75, according to a new report from the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine.
Ana Diez-Roux, University of Michigan professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology, served on the panel that wrote the report.
“The systemic nature of the problem was surprising to the committee, and suggests that a number of interrelated environmental and policy factors may be playing an important role,” Diez-Roux said.
“We were struck by the gravity of these findings,” said Steven Woolf, professor of family medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University and chair of the panel that wrote the report. “Americans are dying and suffering at rates that we know are unnecessary because people in other high-income countries are living longer lives and enjoying better health. What concerns our panel is why, for decades, we have been slipping behind.”