The Institute of Medicine and National Research Council have recently published a report entitled “U.S. Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health”, which presents a shocking fact that in spite of the greater per capita expenditure on health care than any other country, the Americans live shorter lives and experience more illnesses and injuries than people in most other high-income countries. The report raises a number of important questions about health care in the U.S. Although the report is based on multiple data sources, the primary source of the comprehensive international comparison was the Human Mortality Database. This database has been developed and updated by Dr. Shiro Horiuchi and Ms. Mila Andreeva, a professor and a research associate respectively, at the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College, in collaboration with researchers of other institutes in an NIH-funded project. The report cites prior findings by Dr. Horiuchi that the survival curve for the U.S. has been consistently much less rectangular than those for Sweden and Japan, suggesting greater health inequality in the U.S.
Human Mortality Database: http://www.mortality.org
Prior finding: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10604076
Funding Source NIH (R01 AG11552)