U.S. Infant Mortality Rate has Not Changed
The U.S. infant mortality rate has barely changed between 2000 and 2005,compared to other developed countries despite spending more on health care, according to a report released Wednesday.
The Star Tribune reported, the rate was 6.86 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2005, almost unchanged from 6.89 deaths per 1,000 births in 2000. In 1900, the U.S. infant mortality rate was 100 deaths per 1,000 live births.
In 2004, the United States dropped to 29th in the world in infant mortality. In 1960, it was 12th, the Star Tribune reported.
According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Premature, birth and low birth weight are by far the biggest causes of infant death.
Source: Star Tribune