by Countable | 1.10.18
A research study that compared children’s mortality rates in 20 wealthy, developed countries found the U.S. came in last place, reports Vox. American children have a 70 percent greater chance of dying before adulthood than in any of the other countries surveyed.
Overall, infant mortality is down across all the countries surveyed, but the rate of decline is much lower in the U.S. According to the study, since 1961 in the U.S., 600,000 childhood deaths occurred that likely could have been prevented.
The three primary culprits contributing to poor child health outcomes in the U.S., say the study’s authors, appear to be a fragmented health care system, high rates of child poverty, and, for teenagers particularly, the ubiquity of guns.
From 2001 to 2010 U.S. infants were 76 percent more likely to die than in peer countries. American teenagers were 82 percent more likely to die from gun violence.
The peer countries surveyed in the study included Canada, France, Australia, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
Critics of the study suggest that the peer countries surveyed do not track infant mortality as extensively as the U.S., which artificially depresses their statistics.
The release of the study is timely, as Congress continues to debate funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provides health insurance to approximately 9 million children throughout the United States who might not otherwise be able to secure adequate coverage.
Are you concerned about childhood mortality rates in the U.S. or do you think the statistics are overblown? What do you think are the primary factors affecting childhood deaths in the U.S., and what should we do about them?
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— Asha Sanaker
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Universal health care NOW. Big pharmaceutical companies regulated NOW. Hospital CEO’s making millions of dollars a year needs to stop NOW. Insurance companies making record profits and cutting benefits is immoral and unethical. No one asked to be born, no one has any control over where they are born or to whom they are born. Because this fact is true for every single human being we are absolutely obligated to support each other in this most basic need. I am sick of hearing that people need to work harder- they are working more hours than ever before for less money. I am sick of hearing that people are using “entitlements” because they are too lazy. These so called “entitlements are paid for with OUR money. It does not belong to the congressmen or senators or the president. It is our money pooled together to provide safety nets for us. Stop acting like those people who use that safety net are ripping us off. That is what makes me sick and given the greed of our health insurance companies that could be a big problem.
Our children are dying due to poverty, guns and poor healthcare. The Trump regime has been making concerted efforts to increase the wealth gap, increase the prevalence of guns and decrease the availability of healthcare. On top of that, they are doing everything they can to deregulate industry so more children can die due to pollution and unsafe consumer products. If Obama waged a “war on coal,” I think it’s safe to say Trump is waging a war on children.
Surprise. Or really why is this surprising. Other first world countries are putting forward great effort and expense to improving the health of their citizens. The US is not. Why would we have the same success as countries who not only say they care but also are willing to put their money and effort where their mouths are? Again we are getting what we pay for. We want a healthy citizenry? Then we should act on that choice. The US would rather allow our infrastructure to deteriorate, our education system to be degraded, our healthcare destroyed, and our country be sold at the cheapest price in order to give tax cuts to the wealthiest amongst us year after year after year. The direction our Democracy has been going in over the last 40 years will not provide a high standard of living and that standard is not tied to the Presidency but to Congress. If we want a change to these statistics we must change Congress and the sooner the better.
What political party has campaigned on repealing Obamacare, forcing 13 million people off health insurance to provide 1.5 trillion of our treasury dollars to corporations, refuses to consider any gun control, ban assault weapons, repealed EPA regulations banning cancer causing drugs? We are like sheep in a pen. Boy, great job attacking the opioid crisis. “Just don’t start”. However , the 18 billion demanded for the useless border wall may help stop the deaths of our children. Just be thankful that any still live to adulthood and get rid of the murdering whores in 2018.
America has come in 20th out of 20 as our children die...infants were 76% more likely to die as a Healthcare issue...teenagers were 82% more likely to die from guns, these outcomes always affect the most impoverished among us. The congress leaves CHIP unfunded and willfully promotes the NRAs insatiable appetite for profiteering. We are broken. Class warfare is rising. Raise your voice. #Vote2018 #Vote2020
America is just continuing to becoming a third world country. We are one of the richest countries and we cannot give children the healthcare they need to survive. The divide between rich n poor is growing at a rapid rate. Unfortunately children are now losing their lives while politicians are now to greedy to care
You are lost. Unsafe, unprotected, and scared. These are feelings that real people have. How can you deny anyone the right to feel safe, the right to a good life? If you would condemn millions of people who were stuck in the wrong place to a terrible fate, you are cruel. Why are we, as humans, debating whether or not to save lives, to change lives? We’re supposed to be sentient being here on earth. This, to me, proves the opposite.
But but but... what about all the children NOT dying from poverty, poor health care, and gun violence? The solution is to arm more children so they can protect themselves from poor healthcare, poverty and gun violence (predominantly suicides). Everyone knows that facts are fake news these days anyhow, and how sure are we that these children are actually “real” Americans anyhow. Whatever happened to personal responsibility, these kids should have worked harder at being born to affluent parents.
This is unconscionable. We need comprehensive universal healthcare system.
Nobody should be surprised by this at all! It’s been obvious for a very long time. We have too many guns and not enough access to healthcare. If you’re a poor person, it’s still easy to get access to a gun, but healthcare will be prohibitively expensive. Our priorities are completely backwards and this administration is not helping especially when Trump and the Republicans just passed a tax bill that will cause 13 million Americans to lose their insurance.
Interesting. While Republicans continue to state that the United States has the highest quality healthcare program in the world and Americans are the healthiest people in the world. Single-payer healthcare is the best solution to the root-cause of our health issues.
What kind of regime kills children with impunity? What kind of regime poisons earth, air, and water? What kind of regime says reality is a lie and that their lies are reality? The Dictatorship of the corporatocracy, plutocracy, and the NRA. Let’s give some more healthcare money to the 1% yet again. I hear that helps everything.
The results of this study are alarming and should be unacceptable to any citizen of this country. There have been amazing strides made in the science of medicine - both in this country and around the world. I am living proof of that; fifteen years ago, I would have been killed by cancer. My diagnosis and treatment came at a time when my doctors had access to life-saving procedures not available even a few years ago. What also helped me was my ACCESS to that medical care. It is unconscionable for this nation to allow any citizen to die because they do not have access to life-saving treatment, especially when the patient is a child or young adult with their entire life ahead of them. It is also unconscionable that we as a society allow our representatives to ignore our wishes regarding gun control and pander to their big-money gun lobbyists. Protecting American lives should be a priority - even if it means protecting us from ourselves. The 2nd Amendment grants citizens the right to own guns to protect themselves and their property against a tyrannical government. It does not grant anyone the right to own, carry or use a gun against an innocent bystander. The fact that too many kids have access to guns in this country is deplorable and needs to be changed. We are already last on this list - what do we have to lose?
Why are lifespans increasing in other countries but not the US?Children are dying due to poverty, guns and poor healthcare. Adults are dying due to the opioid epidemic. The Trump regime has been making concerted efforts to increase the wealth gap, increase the prevalence of guns and decrease the availability of healthcare. On top of that, they are doing everything they can to deregulate industry so more children can die due to pollution and unsafe consumer products. Politicians have been bought by big businesses who put profits over people.
It is a shame if these statistics are true. I am sure there may be some issues with the study so more information would be needed. A growing economy will have a positive effect for people to buy their own health insurance. Not more freebies.
This is bogus! Ugh...
That’s just how they want it.
Universal Healthcare is the only answer. This GOP is stuck 100 years in the past. Our country is changing and they are dragging us back. We need to become like all the other 1st world countries and actually appreciate and help the people in our country.
Possibly having national healthcare as they do in other modern countries would go a long way to alleviating this unfortunate statistic. Another important issue is to enact laws and policies that are people friendly rather than corporation friendly. The mass pollution of groundwater from industry and oil pipelines is a cause of many cancer deaths and respiratory diseases. People should matter more than profits and we see the dire consequences in our country of profit over people.
It would call for gun-control and until the NRA stops having total control of this country will just keep killing our children