USA Health Care Report Card

Citizens of the USA are usually appalled when they find out how low our health care is ranked relative to other countries. We spend more than any other country in the world on our health care system. Here are our results:

  • The World Health Organization ranks us 36th in the world in terms of Healthy Adjusted Life Expectancy1, almost as good as Cuba (35th), Estonia (34th), and the Czech Republic (33rd).
  • The United Nations ranked us 43rd in Life Expectancy at Birth in their 2015 rankings2
  • The CIA ranked us 43rd in Life Expectancy at Birth in their 2017 rankings3
  • USA expected to rank 64th in Life Expectancy at Birth in their 2040 rankings12
  • The CIA ranked us 56th in Infant Mortality in their rankings as of July 201913
  • For the fifth time, the Commonwealth Fund ranked our health care the worst among all industrialized nations4
  • Alzheimer’s is up more than 700% in 33 years
  • Thyroid Cancer is up 300% in 37 years6
  • Autism is up 600% in the last 67 years7
  • Diabetes is up 600% in the last 56 years; up 70% in just the last 10 years8
  • Kidney/Pelvic Cancer is up 300% in the last 32 years9
  • High blood pressure up 60% in 10 years8
  • Breast Cancer is up 50% in the last 32 years9
  • Skin Cancer is up 300% in the last 35 years10
  • Childhood Obesity is up 300% in the last 37 years11


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  1.  Healthy Life Expectancy (HALE) Data by Country, World Health Organization, 2016-06-06,
  2.  United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (29 July 2015). “United Nations World Population Prospects: 2015 revision”
  3. “CIA – The World Factbook Life Expectancy At Birth”. Retrieved 2017-06-03.
  4. “How the performance of the U.S. health care system compared internationally”, Davis K,, June 2014,
  5. Deaths from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are increasing“, Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 29.4.2018].
  6. Trends in incidence rates, Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) 9 registries, National Cancer Insititute, 2015
  7. DDS Autism Cases, by birth year, Department of Developmental Services, December 2015
  8. “The cost of care: new insights into healthcare spending and growth”, United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, Ralph Bradley, June 14, 2017, Beyond the Numbers, Vol. 6, no. 7;
  9. The US Cancer Program and Specific Types of Cancer, 1975-2007”, Anthony Apostolides, PhD, The Townsend Letter Aug-Sep 2011
  10.  Melanoma, Upstream Downstream, Interdisciplinary Health Communication Program, University of North Carolina Chapel Hills
  11. “Controversy Swirls Around Harsh Anti-Obesity Ads”, Jan 9, 2012, National Public Radio
  12. “Forecasting life expectancy, years of life list, and all-cause and cause-specific mortality for 250 causes of death”, K. Foreman,, The Lancet, October 16, 2018, volume 392, issue 10159
  13. “The World Factbook”, Country Comparison: Infant Mortality Rate, Central Intelligence Agency,