The concept of “amenable mortality” refers to unnecessary and untimely premature deaths from certain causes that are potentially preventable with timely and effective health care. Amenable mortality is one of many indicators used to measure health system performance across nations. This Commonwealth Fund–supported study examined trends in amenable mortality for people under age 75 in 16 high-income countries between 1997–1998 and 2006–2007.
n 2006–2007, amenable mortality accounted for 24 percent of deaths under age 75 in the 16 countries studied.
Rates were lowest in France, with 55.0 deaths per 100,000 people, followed by Australia (56.9 per 100,000) and Italy (59.9 per 100,000). The highest levels were in the United States, with 95.5 deaths per 100,000 people, followed by the United Kingdom (82.5 per 100,000) and Denmark (80.1 per 100,000).
I think few would be surprised at the US being #1 in excess deaths, access to health care can be a problem here. Britain at #2 should also surprise no one, given the time it takes to access health care and the strain on resources. Denmark surprised me though, I’d been under the impression that they had one of the best run systems in the world. Canada, surprisingly, wasn’t part of the study.
Does anyone think the ACA will improve our ranking? I’m sure it will improve our absolute amenable mortality rate, but will it enable us to pass Britain and Denmark?