By Rabah Kamal, Cynthia Cox and Erik Blumenkranz Kaiser Family Foundation
Posted: November 21, 2017
This collection of charts explore international comparisons of social, environmental, and economic factors that influence health but are in some respects outside the control of the health system. Relative to similarly wealthy countries, the U.S. has worse life expectancy, mortality, and disease burden rates, which may be due in part to the quality of care provided (a comparative chart collection is available here). However, these external factors – broadly referred to as social determinants – may contribute to some of the cross-national differences in costs and outcomes between the U.S. and comparable countries. A related brief discusses data available as of February 2016.