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How does the quality of the U.S. healthcare system compare to other countries?

This slideshow compares the quality of health care in the United States to that in other wealthy and sizable countries. While all have seen improvements in health outcomes, the United States continues to lag behind, with higher rates of overall mortality, deaths amenable to health care, and potential years of life lost. Although the United States has lower mortality rates for breast and colorectal cancer, comparable countries continue to outperform the U.S. on a number of measures, including hospital admissions for preventable diseases; rates of medical, medication and lab errors; and cost-related access barriers to health care.

The slideshow is part of the Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker, an online information hub dedicated to monitoring and assessing the performance of the U.S. health system. More information about the analysis related to the slideshow is available through the tracker.

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