You would think we would be among the best, not the worst. Though a lot of factors could be at work, health care for everyone would undoubtedly improve those figures
http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7009123824U.S. Infant Mortality Rate Among Worst
November 11, 2007 9:34 a.m. EST
Danilo Gagelonia - AHN News Writer
Atlanta, GA (AHN) - The United States infant mortality rate is among the worst in the world.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based on 2004 statistics, the most recent year available, approximately seven babies died for every 1,000 live births before reaching the age of one year.
In 2006, the State of the World's Mothers report stated that the United States has the second worst newborn mortality rate in the industrialized world.
The annual report said, "The United States has more neonatologists and neonatal intensive care beds per person than Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, but its newborn rate is higher than any of those countries."
Latvia, with six deaths per 1,000 live births, has a higher death rate for newborns than the United States, is tied near the bottom of industrialized nations with Hungary, Malta, Poland and Slovakia with five deaths per 1,000 births.
A World Health Organization report in 2005 said the infant mortality rate in undeveloped Liberia was 144 per 1000 births -- 20 times higher than the U.S. rate.