Country vs country: United Kingdom and United States compared: Health


  • Access to sanitation: The percentage of the total population with access to sanitation facilities
  • Births by caesarean section: Number of births by caesarean section per 1000 live births (year 2000).
  • Consultation with doctors: Average number of visits to a doctor per person per year Data is for 2000.
  • Daily smokers: Data on tobacco consumption - this is a percentage of the total population who smoke at least one cigarette a day.(Data for Portugal and Austria is from 2002. All other data is from 2003).
  • Death from cancer: Cancer death incidence (per 100 000 population) for year 2000.
  • Dependency ratio per 100: Dependency ratio (per 100), 2003
  • Drug access: Population with access to essential drugs 2000. The data on access to essential drugs are based on statistical estimates received from World Health Organization (WHO) country and regional offices and regional advisers and through the World Drug Situation Survey carried out in 1998-99. These estimates represent the best information available to the WHO Department of Essential Drugs and Medicines Policy to date and are currently being validated by WHO member states. The department assigns the estimates to four groupings: very low access (0-49%), low access (50-79%), medium access (80-94%) and good access (95-100%). These groupings, used here in presenting the data, are often employed by the WHO in interpreting the data, as the actual estimates may suggest a higher level of accuracy than the data afford. b.
  • HIV AIDS > Deaths: An estimate of the number of adults and children who died of AIDS during a given calendar year.
  • Heart disease deaths: Heart disease deaths per 100000 population (1995-1998)
  • Infant mortality rate > Total: This entry gives the number of deaths of infants under one year old in a given year per 1,000 live births in the same year; included is the total death rate, and deaths by sex, male and female. This rate is often used as an indicator of the level of health in a country.
  • Maternal mortality: Maternal mortality reported per 100,000 births 1985-1999. The maternal mortality data are those reported by national authorities. UNICEF and the World Health Organization periodically evaluate these data and make adjustments to account for the well-documented problems of under-reporting and misclassification of maternal deaths and to develop estimates for countries with no data (for details on the most recent estimates see Hill, AbouZahr and Wardlaw 2001). Data refer to the most recent year available during the period specified.
  • Obesity: Percentage of total population who have a BMI (body mass index) greater than 30 Kg/sq.meters (Data for Australia, Austria and Portugal is from 2002. All other data is from 2003). Obesity rates are defined as the percentage of the population with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 30. The BMI is a single number that evaluates an individual's weight status in relation to height (weight/height2, with weight in kilograms and height in metres). For Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, figures are based on health examinations, rather than self-reported information. Obesity estimates derived from health examinations are generally higher and more reliable than those coming from self-reports, because they preclude any misreporting of people's height and weight. However, health examinations are only conducted regularly in a few countries (OECD).
  • Red Cross donations: Amounts of the contributions to the International Committee of the Red Cross by the Council of Europe member states and states with an observer status in the PACE in the period from 1996 to 2000 (in Swiss Francs)
  • Spending > Per person: Spending per capita (PPP) in $US 1998.
  • Teen birth rate: Average number of births for every 1,000 girls aged 15 to 19
STAT United Kingdom United States HISTORY
Access to sanitation 100%
Ranked 11th. The same as United States
Ranked 6th.

Births by caesarean section 170 live births per 1,000 pe
Ranked 10th.
211 live births per 1,000 pe
Ranked 3rd. 24% more than United Kingdom

Consultation with doctors 4.9 per person per year
Ranked 12th.
8.9 per person per year
Ranked 2nd. 82% more than United Kingdom

Daily smokers 26%
Ranked 18th. 49% more than United States
Ranked 29th.

Death from cancer 253.5 deaths per 100,000 peopl
Ranked 16th.
321.9 deaths per 100,000 peopl
Ranked 9th. 27% more than United Kingdom

Dependency ratio per 100 52
Ranked 123th. 2% more than United States
Ranked 125th.

Drug access 95%
Ranked 25th. The same as United States
Ranked 15th.

HIV AIDS > Deaths 460
Ranked 80th.
Ranked 18th. 37 times more than United Kingdom

Heart disease deaths 122 per 100,000 people
Ranked 7th. 15% more than United States
106.5 per 100,000 people
Ranked 13th.

Infant mortality rate > Total 4.62 deaths/1,000 live births
Ranked 184th.
6.06 deaths/1,000 live births
Ranked 171st. 31% more than United Kingdom

Maternal mortality 7 per 100,000
Ranked 121st.
8 per 100,000
Ranked 119th. 14% more than United Kingdom

Obesity 23%
Ranked 3rd.
Ranked 1st. 33% more than United Kingdom

Red Cross donations 84.11 million
Ranked 3rd.
221.26 million
Ranked 1st. 3 times more than United Kingdom

Spending > Per person 1,675
Ranked 18th.
Ranked 1st. 3 times more than United Kingdom

Teen birth rate 33
Ranked 12th.
Ranked 1st. 94% more than United Kingdom

SOURCES: CIA World Factbook, December 2003; OECD Health Data 2003 and OECD Health Data 2002; OECD Health Data 2003 plus OECD Health Data 2002; OECD Health Data 2005; OECD Health Data 2004; World Health Organization; WHO (World Health Organization). 2001. Correspondence on access to essential drugs. Department of Essential Drugs and Medecines Policy. February. Geneva; CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; World Health Organization; UNICEF (United Nations Children?s Fund). 2002. Official Summary: The State of the World's Children 2002. New York: Oxford University Press.; International Committee of the Red Cross; World Bank. 2002. World Development Indicators 2002. CD-ROM. Washington, DC; United Nations Population Division, World Population Prospects: The 1994 Revision, 1994


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