U.S. Infant and Maternal Mortality Rates: Shamefully (and Unnecessarily) Bad and Getting Worse

June 5, 2019

(Managed Care Magazine) – While overall U.S. infant mortality is lower than it was in the ’60s, how can the country that spends more per person on health care than any other in the entire world by far have made so little progress while rates in Singapore and elsewhere have improved? Indeed, the U.S. rate is now higher than infant mortality rates in Antigua or Cuba. Furthermore, the overall U.S. rate masks significant disparities. The infant mortality rate of non-Hispanic black infants is 11.2 per 1,000 live births, which is comparable to the rate in Libya or Tunisia.