Global health and life expectancy continue to rise overall, in line with living standards, but progress varies considerably by country, region and population group.
That is one of the main findings of the newly-released 2015 Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries and risk factors Study (GBD), published jointly by the World Bank, The Lancet, and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME).
IHME director Christopher Murray said: “Development drives, but does not determine health. We see countries that have improved far faster than can be explained by income, education or fertility. And we also continue to see countries – including the United States – that are far less healthy than they should be given their resources.”
In our own survey of public and expert opinion, we also found that, while the challenges differed, access to healthcare was an issue in both developing and developed countries.
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