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With high death rates and low life expectancy, American mortality rates fall far behind peers

America’s mortality rate is far behind its peers in Europe, Australia and Japan. Currently, an infant is nearly twice as likely to die in the U.S. than in a peer nation, and that rate only gets worse through to the 30s.

The Atlantic’s staff writer Derek Thompson has been looking into the stats and why they are so bad. He joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young for more.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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