USA Healthat a Glance Highlightsfrom the OECD report Disclaimer:Thefollowingpresentationis not published by the OECD and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Organisation or of the governments of its member countries
Main characteristics The USA society isfacingspecifichealth challenges. The system isexpensive. The system isuniquelyfinanced. The outcomes are close to OECD average.
HEALTH OF THE AMERICANS: the SOCIO-CULTURAL CONTEXT
American children do not drink, do not smoke, and exercise.
American children However, they are more affected by weight issues.
Alcohol, tobacco and weight Similarly, adults drink and smokesignificantlyless, but are more likely to beaffected by obesity.
Life expectancy Life expectancy in the USA isvery close to OECD average.
Life expectancy as a return on healthexpenditure But compared to the cost of theirhealth system, Americanscouldexpect to live 5 years longer.
Premature mortality Prematuremortality, whichismeasured by the collective numbers of yearsthatwould have been lived if people whodiedbefore 70 hadlived up to thatage, isslightlyabove the OECD average.
Subjective perception of health Almost 90% of the American population considersthemselveshealthy. This is an excellent figure compared to other OECD countries.