Our Health System Has Big Problems But…

L’shanah tovah everyone.

These graphs show some pretty impressive progress. The most recent national vital statistics mortality data shows remarkable continued progress in overall age-adjusted mortality rates, alongside impressive narrowing of both black-white and male-female gaps in life expectancy. Moreover, I suspect progress will continue in the more recent data, given impressive data on health system quality improvement and expanded health insurance coverage in the Obamacare years.

We shouldn’t be spending 17%-plus of our GDP to get these outcomes. It’s still the best 17-plus% of GDP we spend.

Source: Deaths: Final Data for 2011 by Kenneth D. Kochanek, M.A.; Sherry L. Murphy, B.SSource: Deaths: Final Data for 2011
by Kenneth D. Kochanek, M.A.; Sherry L. Murphy, B.S

Deaths: Final Data for 2011 by Kenneth D. Kochanek, M.A.; Sherry L. Murphy, B.S

Deaths: Final Data for 2011
by Kenneth D. Kochanek, M.A.; Sherry L. Murphy, B.S

Deaths: Final Data for 2011 by Kenneth D. Kochanek, M.A.; Sherry L. Murphy, B.S

Deaths: Final Data for 2011
by Kenneth D. Kochanek, M.A.; Sherry L. Murphy, B.S

[Cross-posted at The Reality-Based Community]

Harold Pollack

Harold Pollack is the Helen Ross Professor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.