U.S. lags behind economic peers on most health metrics, study finds

07/10/2013 | Reuters

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that while the U.S. has spent heavily on medical care and made gains in life expectancy over the past 20 years, the nation fell behind other high-income countries on nearly all major health metrics. Researchers found that heart disease, lung cancer and stroke are among the leading causes of premature death in the U.S., while under-recognized issues including bone and joint disease, mental health conditions and substance abuse also take a heavy toll.

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