Overcoming Obstacles to Health in 2013 and Beyond

RWJF: June 19, 2013

Despite leading the world on medical care spending, Americans have worse health and shorter lives than people in other affluent nations. Our international ranking has been slipping over time, and it is not only poor Americans who are affected. Middle-class and even wealthy Americans also are less healthy than their counterparts in other affluent countries.

These disturbing facts are presented in a January 2013 report from the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine documenting our nation’s health disadvantage relative to other affluent countries on most measures of health.  Read more