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The US Has the Highest Rate of Preventable Women’s Death

It is “conventional wisdom” that the quality of U.S. healthcare is the best in the world. 

However, like many things that everyone knows, the conventional wisdom regarding U.S. healthcare is wrong.  

Newly published data documents that among ten wealthy countries American females die preventable deaths at the highest rate in the world.  

Worse, U.S. women have a maternal mortality rate of more than three times the rate for all other countries studied.  

In a report published by the Commonwealth Fund, U.S. women’s healthcare outcomes were compared with ten other high-income countries, and the U.S. is the worst country for women of reproductive age.  

The Facts…

Only one-quarter of U.S. women of reproductive age gave the U.S. healthcare system a high rating.  This rating is the worst of the countries studied.  

Bar graph showing women's reproductive age to the performance of their country's health care system.

Women of reproductive age in the U.S. are the most likely to skip or delay needed care because of costs.  This is the worst of the countries studied.  

Bar graph showing women's reproductive age who are most likely to skip or delay care due to cost.

U.S. women of reproductive age are the most likely to have problems paying medical bills.  This is the worst of the countries studied.  

Bar graph showing women's reproductive age who are likely having problems paying their medical bills.

U.S. women have the highest rate of avoidable deaths.

Bar graph showing women who have the highest rate of avoidable deaths.

U.S. women have the highest maternal mortality rate of the countries studied.

Bar graph showing women's mortality rate in the U.S.

What you need to know…

Something is very wrong with American women’s healthcare.  

Regardless of which metric is examined, U.S. healthcare has the worst outcomes.    

So the next time someone tries to tell you that U.S. healthcare is the best in the world, ask them to explain why healthcare outcomes for women are the worst. 

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