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UNITED STATES FALLING BEHIND FRANCE, GERMANY & UK IN LOWERING POTENTIALLY PREVENTABLE DEATH RATE WHILE SPENDING ABOUT TWICE AS MUCH PER PERSON ANNUALLY ON HEALTH CARE.

"Despite spending about twice as much per person each year on healthcare as  France, Germany or the U.K. ... the U.S. is increasingly falling behind these countries in terms of progress in lowering the potentially preventable death rate,” said Commonwealth Fund President Karen Davis in a statement. 

Study: US Tops France, Germany, and UK in ‘Potentially Preventable’...
The Hill, Elise Viebeck, 08/29/2012

Americans younger than 65 are more likely to die from a lack of timely healthcare than their peers in France, Germany or the United Kingdom, according to a new study.

Research published in Health Affairs looked at the rate of "potentially preventable" deaths — deaths before age 75 that could be avoided with timely and effective healthcare — and found that the United States lags behind its U.K. and European peers.

The United States was also less effective than France, Germany and the United Kingdom in remedying the problem between 1999 and 2007, study authors wrote. 

The research was sponsored by the Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit research foundation.

 "Despite spending about twice as much per person each year on healthcare as France, Germany or the U.K. ... the U.S. is increasingly falling behind these countries in terms of progress in lowering the potentially preventable death rate,” said Commonwealth Fund President Karen Davis in a statement.

Davis went on to praise the Affordable Care Act for "beginning to close the gaps in access to care" in the United States

(Read the complete report at the link below)

http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/public-global-health/246515-st...

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