The divided states of America: Major health study warns US is at breaking point as the wealthy coasts thrive and the poor south is crushed by drugs, heart disease, obesity and cancer

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
By Paul Martin

In 21 states, an early death became more likely in 2016 than it was in 1990
Despite massive health care spending, Americans are dying in droves from obesity, drugs and suicides
While improvements are visible among older and younger groups, deaths are on the rise among 20- to 55-year-olds

By NATALIE RAHHAL
DAILYMAIL.COM10 April 2018

Massive health disparities from state to state and deaths by preventable causes persist in the US despite massive spending on healthcare and medicine, the most comprehensive report to date reveals.

In 21 states in the US, people were more likely to meet an early death in 2016 than they were in 1990, a regression that the researchers from the University of Washington warn puts the US behind less developed countries.

States in the Appalachian region and southern US were most heavily burdened by disease, while people in Hawaii, Minnesota, California and the northeast had the best shot at a long, healthy life.

Rises in opioid-, alcohol-, and mental health-related premature deaths were highlighted by the report authors as central drivers to the alarming rates death among people between 20 and 55.

The US spent $3 trillion dollars on health care in 2014 alone.

That sum was significantly more than other wealthy countries spent on the same cause that year, yet, two years later, many states in the US have little to show for the investment the government ostensibly made in their health.

While age groups that were once seen as most vulnerable – infants, children and those over 55 – have seen improvements in expected health outcomes, the age groups that should be most robust – the wide swath between 20 and 55 – are suffering more, according to the report.

Rising death rates in 21 states in this age group are ‘strongly linked to the burden of substance use disorders, cirrhosis and self-harm,’ the study authors wrote.

‘We are seeing dangerous disparities among states,’ said Dr Christopher Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, which organized the study.

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