The United States spends more on healthcare than any other industrialized country … but gets less. The U.S. lags behind its peers in life expectancy and childhood mortality because the government “chronically” underfunds public health systems, the Institute of Medicine says in a new report out today.
Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing stories and editing them for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis