Americans 'are sicker and die younger' than people in other wealthy nations

Damning official report on US health finds death and disease taking huge toll on population, particularly among young

The Guardian, January 10, 2013
By Sarah Boseley, health editor

America may be one of the richest countries in the world, but its people are less healthy and more likely to die early from disease or accidents than those in any other affluent country, a damning official US report has found.

Even the best-off Americans – those who have health insurance, a college education, a high income and healthy behaviour – are sicker than their peers in comparable countries, says the report by the US National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine.