4 January 2021

US health lags behind

New research by Mette Gørtz and co-authors shows that the US health lags behind - even if everyone in the US achieved the health outcomes of white US citizens living in the 1% and 5% richest counties, health indicators would still lag behind those in many other countries.

Mette Gørtz and co-authors compared White US citizens living in the 1% and 5% highest-income counties in the US and measured 6 health outcomes associated with health care interventions:

Infant and maternal mortality, colon and breast cancer, childhood acute lymphocytic leukemia, and acute myocardial infarction.

They compared the US findings with data from the following developed countries spread over the globe: Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Read the research paper Comparing Health Outcomes of Privileged US Citizens With Those of Average Residents of Other Developed Countries published in JAMA Internal Medicine.