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 2019 World Health Organization rankings place the USA as 40th in the world in terms of Healthy Adjusted Life Expectancy1, down 4 more spots in the last 3 years.
  • The CIA’s latest ranking dropped us two more spots to 46th in Life Expectancy at Birth2
  • USA projected to rank 64th in Life Expectancy at Birth in their 2040 rankings11
  • The CIA ranked us 51st in Infant Mortality in their latest rankings12
  • For the sixth time in a row, the Commonwealth Fund ranked our health care the worst among all industrialized nations3.
  • Alzheimer’s is up more than 700% in 33 years4
  • Thyroid Cancer is up 300% in 37 years5
  • Autism is up 600% in the last 67 years6
  • Diabetes is up 600% in the last 56 years; up 70% in just the last 10 years7
  • Kidney/Pelvic Cancer is up 300% in the last 32 years8
  • High blood pressure up 60% in 10 years7
  • Breast Cancer is up 50% in the last 32 years8
  • Skin Cancer is up 300% in the last 35 years9
  • Childhood Obesity is up 300% in the last 37 years10


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  1.  Healthy Life Expectancy (HALE) Data by Country, World Health Organization, 2016-06-06,
  2. CIA – The World Factbook Life Expectancy At Birth.
  3. “U.S. Ranks Last Among Seven Countries On Health System Performance Measures”,
  4. Deaths from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are increasing“, Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 29.4.2018].
  5. Trends in incidence rates, Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) 9 registries, National Cancer Insititute, 2015
  6. DDS Autism Cases, by birth year, Department of Developmental Services, December 2015
  7. “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;
  8. The US Cancer Program and Specific Types of Cancer, 1975-2007”, Anthony Apostolides, PhD, The Townsend Letter Aug-Sep 2011
  9.  Melanoma, Upstream Downstream, Interdisciplinary Health Communication Program, University of North Carolina Chapel Hills
  10. “Controversy Swirls Around Harsh Anti-Obesity Ads”, Jan 9, 2012, National Public Radio
  11. “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
  12. “The World Factbook”, Country Comparison: Infant Mortality Rate, Central Intelligence Agency,