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It’s been a sore spot for the U.S. for years. Despite living in the richest country on earth with the most expensive health care system, Americans are less healthy and live shorter lives than people in a number of countries that spend far less on hospitals, doctors and medicine. 

A comprehensive look at the U.S. health care system by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Peterson Center on Healthcare shows that while the U.S. bests “comparable countries” on a handful of important health care metrics, it lags behind its peers in far more ways. 

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