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Health Aff (Millwood). 2008 Jan-Feb;27(1):58-71. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.27.1.58.

Measuring the health of nations: updating an earlier analysis.

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  • 1London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK.

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  • Health Aff (Millwood). 2008 Mar-Apr;27(2):593.


We compared trends in deaths considered amenable to health care before age seventy-five between 1997-98 and 2002-03 in the United States and in eighteen other industrialized countries. Such deaths account, on average, for 23 percent of total mortality under age seventy-five among males and 32 percent among females. The decline in amenable mortality in all countries averaged 16 percent [corrected] over this period. The United States was an outlier, with a decline of only 4 percent. If the United States could reduce amenable mortality to the average rate achieved in the three top-performing countries, there would have been 101,000 fewer deaths per year by the end of the study period.

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