........Fenelon and his colleagues took their
investigation one step further and asked what is killing Americans. They
focused on injuries, which are the leading cause of death for Americans
between 1 and 44 years of age. Among injuries, those that are
responsible for the greatest number of deaths are drug poisonings, gun
injuries and motor vehicle crashes.
found that these three causes of death were responsible for 48% of the
gap in men's life expectancy between the United States and similar
countries, and took about a year off their lives in the United States.
For women, they accounted for 19% of the discrepancy, costing them about
half a year of life...........>
Why Giving Birth Is Safer In Britain Than In The UShttp://digg.com/2017/uk-birth-us-safety-comparisonSep 1 2017
The numbers reflect the difference in national priorities. Today in the UK, 8.9 women for every 100,000
live births die from complications of pregnancy or childbirth,
according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. In the US,
this figure declined in tandem with Britain’s until 1990. It then
reversed course, rising to 25.1 women per 100,000
in 2015, almost three times higher than the UK, and among the worst in the Western world.
These US deaths are not spread equally. Women who are poor, African
American or live in a rural area are more likely to die during and after
pregnancy. In the UK, while inequalities persist when it comes to
serious complications, according to 2012-2014 data
there is no statistically significant difference in mortality rates
between women in the highest and lowest socioeconomic groups. All
British women have equal access to public medical services, including
free care and prescriptions from pregnancy through the postpartum
There is a significant gap between the UK
and US in outcomes for pregnancy-related conditions that are highly
treatable but can lead to death if they are not recognized and managed
in time. One in 1 million women die of preeclampsia in the UK; that’s
less than a single death per year. By contrast, preeclampsia killed an
estimated 50 to 70 women in the US in 2016, accounting for 8 percent of
maternal deaths. According to the most recent data available, hemorrhage
is responsible for 6.5 percent of maternal deaths in the UK versus 11.4 percent in the US.
UK has achieved these results while spending less on delivering babies.
On average, the total price charged for a vaginal birth in the US is
$30,000 (£24,000), which rises to $50,000 (£39,000) for a cesarean
section, according to Truven Health Analytics, a New York firm that collects health care data. The BBC reported
that in the UK the average cost for a normal delivery or planned
cesarean section on a hospital labor ward in 2016 was $2,300 (£1,755),
while a complicated case like Helen’s rose to $3,400 (£2,582).
Ironically, the centerpiece of the UK’s strategy to reduce
maternal mortality is an American import. In 1949, the British Congress
on Obstetrics and Gynecology suggested adopting a new method for
reviewing maternal deaths that was already practiced in some parts of
the US Fatalities in those regions were assessed by local committees of
experts, who published reports in medical journals to educate the
profession. The British minister of health agreed to try it. The result
was the Report on Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths in England and Wales, established in 1952...........>