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How do mortality rates in the U.S. compare to other countries?

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How do mortality rates in the U.S. compare to other countries?

The U.S. has lower than average mortality rates for cancers but higher than average rates in the other causes of mortality. This collection of charts explores how mortality rates in the U.S. compare to similar OECD countries (those that are similarly large and wealthy based on GDP and GDP per capita). 

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U.S. health system is performing better, though still lagging behind other countries

U.S. health system is performing better, though still lagging behind other countries

The Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker is launching a new Health System Dashboard that will track U.S. health system performance over time across four domains: health spending, quality of care, access and affordability, and health and wellbeing. The dashboard examines trends …

Compared to similar countries, the United States has higher rates of mortality for most of the leading causes of death, and generally performs worse on a variety of quality indicators. Diabetes and endocrine diseases are no exception. There has been …

Despite having significantly higher health spending than comparably wealthy and sizable countries, the U.S. lags behind other countries in several measures of health outcomes, with worse life expectancy, mortality, and disease burden rates. Some of this cross-national difference in health …