Measuring the health of nations

A recent article in Health Affairs:

Measuring The Health Of Nations: Updating An Earlier Analysis
Ellen Nolte and C. Martin McKee

We compared trends in deaths considered amenable to health care before age seventy-five between 1997–98 and 2002–03 in the United States and in eighteen other industrialized countries. Such deaths account, on average, for 23 percent of total mortality under age seventy-five among males and 32 percent among females. The decline in amenable mortality in all countries averaged 16 percent over this period. The United States was an outlier, with a decline of only 4 percent. If the United States could reduce amenable mortality to the average rate achieved in the three top-performing countries, there would have been 101,000 fewer deaths per year by the end of the study period.

And here are 2002-03 amenable mortality rates by country (per 100,000 people):

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