Commentary: France, Japan and Australia rated best and the USA worst in a study of “amenable mortality”deaths from certain causes before age 75 that are potentially preventable with timely and effective healthcarein 19 leading industrialized countries. In this Commonwealth Fund-supported study, reported in the Jan/Feb 2008 issue of Health Affairs, researchers Nolte and McKee of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine found that, if the USA had been able to reduce its preventable death rate to the average rate achieved by the three top-performing countries, there would have been 101,000 fewer deaths annually. The USA lagged behind the other 18 industrialized nations in the rate of amenable mortality, an indicator of overall health system performance, despite being the highest spender on health care in the world. See the graph below.
Source: The Commonwealth Fund
- Nolte E, McKee CM. Measuring the Health of Nations: Updating an Earlier Analysis. Health Affairs 2008; 27(1):5871.