High Infant Mortality

Infant Mortality

Notwithstanding that the United States spends more on healthcare than any country in the world, American children have poorer outcomes and are less likely to survive their first year of life than children born in many other high-income nations.

On their first day of birth, American infants have the highest mortality rate of any industrialized nation in the world. Even when premature births are excluded, more apparently healthy American babies die in infancy of sudden and unexplained causes than infants in other wealthy countries.


MacDorman et al. (2014). International comparisons of infant mortality and related factors: United States and Europe, 2010. National Vital Statistics Reports 63(5):1-6. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr63/nvsr63_05.pdf

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