United States Far From Healthiest Country in the World

From the July 26th 2000 online issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), and in the Aug. 28, 2000 issue of the American Medical News, comes some sad statistics concerning the state of health in the United States. These numbers should be viewed in the light that Americans spend more by far on medical care than any other country in the world. The United States spends 13.7% of its gross domestic product on medical care. This is more than any of the 191 World Health Organizations member nations. Read these statistics and judge for yourself.

In a comparison done between 13 nations in the 1998 Oxford University Press, the United States also showed glaring weaknesses in its health care system. Of the 13 nations in the study the US ranked;

Other interesting facts that came out of the report were:

These statistics reflect a medical system that is in need of revamping, not just creative refinancing. It should be noted that chiropractic care is not calculated into these statistics and therefore is not contributing to the unimpressive US health statistics.