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Medical News & Perspectives
February 13, 2013

US Longevity Falls Short vs That of Peer Countries

JAMA. 2013;309(6):534-534. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.475

Although the United States spends more on health care than any other country, US residents live shorter and less healthy lives than do people in other developed nations, according to a new report (http://tinyurl.com/a4yzn3o) from the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine. Moreover, the report found that the mortality gap is growing, in large part because of a disproportionately higher rate of early deaths among individuals in the United States before their 50th birthday.