Alarming Disparity: Working-age Americans Face Higher Mortality Rates Compared to Other Wealthy Nations

United States: In the United States, mortality rates of people on the job are higher than their fellows in those well-to-do countries, as I like the data showed recently.

The latest contributions to health economics released by the International Journal of Epidemiology on March 21, 2019, indicate a difference of 2.5 times more age-standardized mortality among Americans aged 25 to 64 years than the mean mortality in other developed countries.

Thus, these deaths mainly occur in individuals aged 15-24 because of the high occurrence of unforeseen events and raffles, homicides, suicides, and drug overdoses, all of which are preventable incidents. These are the findings of the researchers.

One example of this clear regional disparity is recorded by the upsurge of drug-related deaths, which was as high as tenfold between 2000 and 2019 – a very far cry from current global trends.

Katarzyna Doniec, a postdoctoral researcher affiliated with the Leverhulme Center for Demographic Science at the University of Oxford, noted, “Over the past three decades, there has been a pronounced deterioration in midlife mortality rates in the US compared to other high-income nations, and in 2019, the mortality rates among individuals aged 25 to 44 even surpassed those observed in Central and Eastern European countries,” according to HealthDay News.

Doniec further remarked, “This revelation is startling, considering that not too long ago, some of these nations grappled with elevated levels of mortality among the working-age population stemming from the aftermath of the post-socialist crisis in the 1990s.”

The researchers utilized annual mortality data compiled by the World Health Organization from 1990 to 2019, encompassing 15 primary causes of death across 18 affluent countries, including the US, the UK, and seven countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

The majority of these nations witnessed substantial declines in midlife mortality over the past three decades, although progress in the US was comparatively slower and punctuated by periods of stagnation and regression, contingent upon age and gender.

Notably, young women in the US aged 25 to 44 fared particularly poorly, constituting the sole demographic group across 25 nations to exhibit higher mortality rates in 2019 than in 1990, as per Health Day.