Ganske sjokkerende om helsesituasjonen i USA

Jeg leste i formiddag hos CNN om hvordan USA er det dårligste av 16 land når det gjelder befolkningens helse og levealder. På noen områder er dødeligheten 5-6-7-8 ganger større i USA enn i sammenlignbare land:

A just-released report from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council is making news by clearly illustrating that Americans have «shorter lives and poorer health.» This is somewhat shocking, given how much we spend on health care each year — more than any of the 16 other rich countries surveyed in the study. What’s even more upsetting is that this report focused quite heavily on people who are young. In the United States, even that group fared poorly.

Why is this?

Some of the reasons involve choices make at a personal level. We eat too much, abuse drugs too often, wear seat belts too rarely and commit violence against each other to often.

Systemic issues are also to blame. We have higher levels of poverty than comparable countries, and our safety net programs are less capable of catching people when they fall. And too many also have too much trouble accessing the health care system, resulting in inefficient, ineffective and often absent care. …

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