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U.S. Lags in Preventable Death Rate

Friday, 31 August 2012 12:41 PM

The United States may have one of the world’s most advanced healthcare systems, but still lags behind other European nations in the rate of death from preventable diseases, a new study finds.
According to a report commissioned by the Commonwealth Fund, Americans trail the French, Germans and British when it comes to the number of deaths from preventable conditions like treatable cancer, diabetes, infections, and heart disease under the age of 65.
"Despite spending about twice as much per person each year on health care as France, Germany or the U.K. – $8,400 in 2010 – the U.S. is increasingly falling behind these countries in terms of progress in lowering the potentially preventable death rate," said Commonwealth Fund President Karen Davis.
The findings, published online in the journal Health Affairs, indicate thousands of U.S. deaths a year could be avoided, based on an analysis of health records, between 1999 and 2007. Among the findings:
• The overall preventable death rate among men ages 0 to 74 dropped by 18.5 percent in the United States, compared to nearly 37 percent in the U.K. For women, the rate fell by 17.5 percent in the U.S. but by nearly 32 percent in the U.K.
• The lag was most pronounced among American men and women under age 65, who are more likely to be uninsured and have problems with access to care than those 65 and older, who are eligible for Medicare.
• By 2007, the preventable death rate among U.S. men under age 65 was 69 per 100,000, considerably higher than in the U.K. (53), Germany, (50) and France (37).
• Among women under age 65, the preventable death rate dropped from 64 to 56 per 100,000 in the U.S., from 61 to 46 per 100,000 in the U.K., from 49 to 40 per 100,000 in Germany, and from 42 to 34 per 100,000 in France.
"These findings strengthen the case for reforms that will enable all Americans to receive timely and effective health care" said lead researcher Ellen Nolte, director of healthcare at RAND Europe.

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