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Americans lost more years of life to heart disease, lung cancer, pre-term birth complications, diabetes and at least 21 other conditions in 2010 than most other members of the 34-country OECD.

The US failed to keep up with other nations in improving population health over the period 1990 to 2010 despite spending the most per capita on health care.

The US death rate, standardized by age, fell to 27th in 2010 from 18th in 1990. Poorer countries that spend less on health services, including Chile, Portugal, Slovenia, and South Korea, had lower mortality rates than Americans.

America’s average life expectancy rose to 78.2 years in 2010 from 75.2 years in 1990, but its rank among the 34 OECD countries fell to 27th from 20th.

Drug use disorders in the US increased 85 percent over the two decades to top the list for lost years of life due to poisonings.

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