Overall population health in U.S. has improved, but lags behind other wealthy nations

In a major study that includes data on the status of population health from 34 countries from 1990-2010, overall population health improved in the United States during this period, including an increase in life expectancy; however, illness and chronic disability now account for nearly half of the health burden. Improvements in the U.S. have not kept pace with advances in population health in other wealthy nations, according to the study published online by JAMA.