Mortality Rates


Video: How Survival Rates Are (Very) Different from Mortality Rates

Think the U.S. has the greatest health care system in the world?

Over at The Incidental Economist, pediatrician, blogger and health researcher Aaron Carroll has posted a terrific video explaining why survival rates are not the best way to compare how well the U.S. system is doing against  that of any other country. Check it out:


Here’s the takeaway: the mortality rate is the number of people who die every year of a given cause in a specific number of people (often 100,000). The survival rate is how many people are still alive at a specific time after diagnosis.

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