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Life Expectancy  and  Amenable Mortality
with a P.S. regarding Maternal Mortality


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U.S. life expectancy is between 30th (out of 193) and 50th (out of 224) in the world.

U.S. amenable mortality is last: 19th place among 19 free-marketcountries
    in the ability to minimize deaths under age 75 due to preventable causes.


 P.S. Our mothers die at an ALARMING rate. See: maternal mortality.
 Maternal mortality is a more solid reference than the more debatable infant mortality.










Life Expectancy



Depending on the year and the number of countries being compared, U.S. life expectancy is, roughly, between 30th and 50th in the world

— 30th as per World Health Organization, based on the WHO 2011 report

— About 50th as per the CIA estimate for 2010 … position at CIA graph

Note: According to the U.S. Center for Health Statistics, the U.S. was better in 2002: 26th in life expectancy.


Life Expectancy Rank is 30th According to World Health Organization

World Health Organization1 — Comparison of Health Statistics2

The United States … was …
1st in spending
27th in life expectancy
based on 2005 data
now is …
1st in spending
30th in life expectancy

based on 2006 data
and based on 2009 data
For details see: Life Expectancy

U.S. Life Expectancy Rank is About 50th
According to Central Intelligence Agency

CIA World Factbook – Rank Order - Life expectancy at birth: the status of the Factbook:

March 27, 2008: the United States was 50th in life expectancy based on 2009 estimates.
January 17, 2011: the United States was 49th in life expectancy based on 2010 estimates.

About the bar chart below: For January 2011, Japan, Australia and Canada are still in the top 10; France is 12th; the United States is 49th.

U.S. Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy Rank was 26th According to the U.S. Center for Health Statistics

United States National Center for Health Statistics — Comparison of Health Statistics

  • A comparison of 37 countries is provided in the Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans, 2006, as follows:

Here are the countries with better life expectancies than the United States:

Costa Rica
England and Wales
Hong Kong
New Zealand
Northern Ireland



Ability to Minimize Deaths Under Age 75
Due to Preventable Causes

Amenable Mortality

Researchers Ellen Nolte and Martin McKee of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

  • A comparison of the number of preventable deaths
  • “(They) tracked deaths that they deemed could have been prevented by access to timely and effective health care, and ranked nations on how they did.” – as per an article by Reuters
  • Study of 19 countries on minimizing the number of preventable deaths:
    • The U.S. ranked 15th out of 19 using 1997-1998 data.
    • The U.S. ranked 19th out of 19 using 2002-2003 data.
      • Rankings from 1st to 19th: France, Japan, Australia, Spain, Italy, Canada, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden, Greece, Austria, Germany, Finland, New Zealand, Denmark, Britain, Ireland, Portugal, United States
  • If the U.S. was only an average performer among the 19 countries:
    • 75,000/year lives per year would be saved, as highlighted in the table above.
  • If the U.S. was a top performer (the average of France, Japan and Australia):
    • 101,000 lives per year under age 75 would be saved (277 per day).
  • Poor health care access in the U.S. was the basis of a comment by one of the researchers in a Reuters interview.

Sources, Additional Reading

Go to the comparison to six countries to see more health performance information that will be surprising to some Americans.

75,000 preventable deaths per year

Go to Real People (who we knew and loved) for more information and two very interesting additional charts about the amenable mortality (preventable, unnecessary deaths).

  • As indicated below by the Commonwealth Fund information, 75,000 is the conservative number of persons who die in the U.S. due to the United States failing to do an adequate job at prevention, at least as compared to the 18 other countries.
  • As reported by the Commonwealth Fund
    • “… authors estimated that approximately 75,000 to 101,00 preventable deaths could be averted in the U.S. “[E]ven the more conservative estimate of 75,000 deaths is almost twice the Institute of Medicine’s (lower) estimate of the number of deaths attributable to medical errors in the United States each year,” the authors say.”
  • As also reported by Reuters
    • ” …“I wouldn’t say it (the last-place ranking) is a condemnation, because I think health care in the U.S. is pretty good if you have access. But if you don’t, I think that’s the main problem, isn’t it?” (bolding added)
    • ” … the researchers considered deaths before age 75 from numerous causes, including heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, diabetes, certain bacterial infections and complications of common surgical procedures.”

Best Health Care? Some people think that the U.S. has the best health care system in the world! Not with these numbers! And not with the results of other studies of the world’s health systems, as summarized by by the New York Times editorial of August 12, 2007 titled World’s Best Medical Care?.

Learn More

See Single-Payer Education, including its “Further reading, listening, and viewing”.

  1. See Health Care Meltdown 2007 edition, page 155, for this reporting of data from the 2005 World Health Organization report.
    The U.S. is now 30th in life expectancy based on 2006 data. back

  2. Infant mortality is not highlighted at this web site due to questions about its accuracy when comparing countries. For more on this, see Wikipedia’s entries on Infant Mortalityback


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