U.S. Child Mortality Among Worst in Developed World

TruNews – January 12, 2018

A Johns Hopkins University study, meant to push for greater federal funding for programs like the Children’ Health Insurance Program and Food Stamps, offers disturbing statistics regarding child mortality in the U.S. compared to the rest of the developed world.

In a report published earlier this week, university researchers studied child mortality rates for the U.S. and 19 “economically similar” member countries of the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation over a 50-year period beginning in 1961. Since the 1980s, the U.S. mortality rate has been the worst among the 20 countries reviewed.

While rates have improved, the improvement in the U.S. has lagged far behind those of other developed countries, in spite of the enormous amount of money Americans pay for health care. The researchers concluded that over the 50-year period, there were 600,000 “excess deaths” in the U.S.

The leading causes of death in the most recent decade recorded, 2001-2010, were premature birth and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. U.S. infants, they concluded, are three times more likely to die than in the other economically similar countries.