American kids are dying at much higher rates than children in other wealthy countries

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American kids are dying at much higher rates than children in other wealthy countries

By wagate     January 9, 2018

Mariela Duran, a pediatric medical assistant at Inner City Health Center in Denver, Colorado measures five day old Isabella Prado on March 15, 2017. Inner City Health Center was founded in 1983 and offers medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health services to the uninsured and underserved populace of Denver County and surrounding Colorado communities. Services are offered to patients based on a sliding scale, and 65% of the patient population is below 200% of the federal poverty level. ICHC serves more than 22,000 patients annually. / AFP PHOTO / Jason Connolly (Photo credit should read JASON CONNOLLY/AFP/Getty Images)

As Congress failed to refund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), recent findings from a study in Health Affairs are especially alarming. The study compared the childhood healthcare outcomes for 20 wealthy, democratic countries. They found that the United States ranks dead last in children’s health. Vox explains:

A child born in the United States has a 70 percent greater chance of dying before adulthood than kids born into other wealthy, democratic countries, a new study has found.

The research, published in the journal Health Affairs on Monday, shows that the United States lags far behind peer countries on child health outcomes. It estimates that, since 1961, America’s poor performance accounts for more than 600,000 excess child deaths — deaths that wouldn’t have happened if these kids were born into other wealthy countries.

It turns out that while all the countries have seen a decline in childhood mortality rates, the United States has been the worst performer out of its peers for the past few decades. Yet Congress has allowed 101 days without CHIP to pass.

Author: John Hanno

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Bogan High School. Worked in Alaska after the earthquake. Joined U.S. Army at 17. Sergeant, B Battery, 3rd Battalion, 84th Artillery, 7th Army. Member of 12 different unions, including 4 different locals of the I.B.E.W. Worked for fortune 50, 100 and 200 companies as an industrial electrician, electrical/electronic technician.

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