A reader responds to a PediaBlog post (“Clueless Nation” – January 14, 2013) about an Institute of Medicine study entitled “U.S. Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health.”

Since you recently wrote about the underlying study, I wanted to let you know about this graphic I helped create, titled “America’s Health (Dis)advantage.” It illustrates many of the key points in the study.


It’s important to mention that the Institute of Medicine — the source of the information for the study and graphic — is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization with no political axe to grind.

The graphic nicely illustrates the results of the study and can be seen here.