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Living Sicker and Dying Younger: United States Lags in Global Health Gains

July 15, 2013

Elizabeth Docteur, Grantmakers In Health

Shorter lives and poorer health: this was the striking conclusion of leading public health experts convened by the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine when examining the research evidence on how health and life expectancy in the United States compares to that of other high-income democracies around the world. They also found that this U.S. “health disadvantage” has been growing over the past several decades and that unless we change course, the United States will continue to miss out on the superior health and life expectancy enjoyed in other countries. In light of compelling evidence of the need for change, health grantmakers will want to consider whether and how they can serve as advocates and agents for change.


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