Blog | Friday, August 31, 2012

QD: News Every Day--Americans die more often for treatable conditions

Americans die more often for treatable health care conditions than their European counterparts, a study found.

Amenable mortality--deaths that should not occur when there's timely and effective health care--among men from 1999 to 2007 fell by only 18.5% in the United States compared to 36.9% in the United Kingdom. Among women, the rates fell by 17.5% and 31.9%, respectively, researchers reported in Health Affairs.

The United States not only had the highest rates of amenable mortality in 1999, but it also had smaller improvements in rates between 1999 and 2007 than the other three countries.

While U.S. adults had the lowest cancer mortality rates, they had more cardiovascular deaths, especially from cerebrovascular disease and hypertension.

All this comes despite the fact that American spent $7,960 per capita in 2009, or twice the average in Western European countries.