US Trails its Wealthy Peers

Compared to its high-income peers, US women are more likely to die in pregnancy and childbirth and skip out on care because of the cost.

A study comparing access to health care and health status among 11 high-income nations—including Australia, Norway and the UK—also found that US women suffered the highest burden of chronic disease, and the highest rate of maternal mortality and C-sections.

The Affordable Care Act has helped fill the gap, guaranteeing coverage for millions of Americans since its implementation—but this progress is threatened by the Trump administration and Congress’s efforts to weaken the law.

Commonwealth Fund

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