- France, Japan, Australia, , , Denmark, Finland, , , Ireland, Italy, , , , Portugal, Spain, , the and the United States.
- In 1997–98, the U.S. ranked 15th out of the 19 countries on this measure—ahead of only Finland, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and Ireland—with a rate of 114.7 deaths per 100,000 people. By 2002–03, the U.S. fell to last place, with 109.7 per 100,000. In the leading countries, mortality rates per 100,000 people were 64.8 in France, 71.2 in Japan, and 71.3 in Australia.
Sadly, our country's poor performance is not a surprise. In our country, the healthcare system as a whole provides the known preventive tests and interventions proven to save lives only 55 percent of the time. Slightly better than a coin flip. As Americans pay more per capita for healthcare than any other country in the world, our system isn't the best at keeping us healthy. Unless you take the initiative and ask for tests and interventions that will keep you healthy for a long time, you might get the right care half the time. Are you willing to risk it?