The Measure of America:U.S. Slips Downward in Development & Health

A report released yesterday says the U.S.is 42nd among developed nations in life expectancy despite spending more on health care than any other nation in the world.

And the U.S. is twelfth in human development which includes income growth, quality education, life expectancy, personal safety, secure livelihood and a say in the decisions that affect one’s life.

The report measures quality of life by U.S. Congressional districts. It’s modeled after the United Nations Development Programme‚Äôs global Human Development Report which has been refined over the past decade, making it possible to reliably compare human development and quality of life issues among developed and developing nations.

The report was funded by Oxfam America, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, the Social Science Research Council and the Annenberg Foundation.

A Commonwealth Fund report on health care echoes the slide downward. The report says benchmarks for access, quality, efficiency, and other key measures of health system performance were all down from its 2006 assessment.

In a New York Times article, Dr. Denis A. Cortese, the chief executive of the Mayo Clinic, says the U.S. has got to create better value (in health care).

One Response to “The Measure of America:U.S. Slips Downward in Development & Health”

  1. Ghali July 21, 2008 at 10:02 pm #

    Thanks Jesus. So many people around the world want America to go down the gurgle. The chickens are coming home to roost.

    GH

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