Child Mortality in the US

A new study compares child death rates in the US versus 19 other economically comparable countries. The study looked at the period from 1960 to 2010.

There’s been improvement in all of the countries in that time. However, the other countries started to pass the US in the 1980s, and have continued to surge ahead.

  • Infants are 76 times more likely to die in the US than in the other countries in the study.
  • Infants in the US are three times more likely to die from premature births and twice as like to die from SIDS, compared with infants in the 19 countries.
  • The leading cause of death for older teens (15-19) are car accidents and guns. These teens in the US are twice as likely to die in motor vehicle accidents and 82 times more likely to be shot and killed.

This is just a statement of fact. I’m not passing judgment or casting blame, although it would be easy to do both.

I’d rather let you do that.

Your thoughts?

Sources: Ashish P. Thakrar, Alexandra D. Forrest, Mitchell G. Maltenfort, Christopher B. Forrest. Child Mortality In The US And 19 OECD Comparator Nations: A 50-Year Time-Trend Analysis. Health Affairs, 2018; 37 (1): 140 DOI: 10.1377/hlthaff.2017.0767




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