The Straits Times
Published on Jan 10, 2013

Americans less healthy than others: Study


WASHINGTON (AFP) - Americans are in worse health, die earlier and suffer from more disease than residents of other wealthy nations, according to a new study out on Wednesday.

The disadvantage spans all ages from birth to 75, said the report, conducted jointly by the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine.

Some details were surprising: even wealthier Americans and those with health insurance were not as healthy as counterparts in other prosperous nations, it found.

"We were struck by the gravity of these findings," said family medicine Professor Steven Woolf from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and chair of the panel that wrote the report.