The poor US performance on key population health measures is a call to action that justifies bold strategies to direct resources toward improvements in support of population health. US investments in health care amount to nearly one-fifth of national expenditures. Yet the United States is less healthy than other countries with a comparable standard of living, with a comparatively lower life expectancy at birth and a comparatively higher infant mortality rate higher than all other industrialized nations.
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