For decades, the population of the US has experienced shorter life expectancy and higher disease rates than populations in other high-income countries. The gap in life expectancy between the US and 16 peer countries increased from 1.9 years in 2010 to 3.1 years in 2018 and 4.7 years in 2020.1 The US health disadvantage is even worse in certain states, with states such as Alabama and Mississippi having the same life expectancy as Latvia (75 years).2,3
Woolf SH. The Growing Influence of State Governments on Population Health in the United States. JAMA. 2022;327(14):1331–1332. doi:10.1001/jama.2022.3785
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