The U.S. spends more on health care per capita than just about any other country but ranks poorly in terms of many health outcomes, especially compared to other developed countries. Here are the latest statistics from the Social Progress Index, compiled by the nonprofit Social Progress Imperative. Out of 133 countries, the U.S. ranks:
- 30th in life expectancy
- 35th in the rate of premature deaths from non-communicable diseases
- 37th in mortality rate from infectious diseases
- 38th in childhood mortality rate
- 55th in terms of women surviving childbirth.
We also have higher homicide rates than 40 countries, higher traffic fatality rates than 37, and higher suicide rates than 81.
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