Public health and Covid-19 in the United States

Healthcare in the United States of America

Healthcare in the United States of America is rather above average in a worldwide comparison.

Probably the most important indicator that can be used to summarize the efficiency of all measures is general life expectancy. In other words, the theoretical age that a newborn child could potentially reach today. At the moment, this age in the United States is 73.5 years for men and 79.3 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 5.0 years lower (men: 68.9 / women: 73.9 years).

A total of 11,702.41 USD per inhabitant is spent annually on health measures at state expense. This corresponds to approximately 18.8 percent of the gross domestic product. Internationally, this amount averages 1,177.15 USD (~ 10.9% of the respective GDP).

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Spread of COVID-19 in the United States of America

Since the beginning of the pandemic until June 8th, 2023, a total of 103,436,829 infected people and 1,127,152 deaths have been reported in the United States.

The total of 103,436,829 infected people currently represents 31.25 percent of the total population.

Current vaccination status

According to official WHO data, a total of 668.88 million vaccine doses have been administered as of June 2nd, 2023. There are 267.32 million people who have received at least one vaccination (80.8 percent). The booster vaccination was received by 116.63 million people (35.2 percent).

227.95 million of these are considered fully vaccinated in the United States (= 68.9 percent).
This means that the United States is only in the middle of the field in terms of vaccination coverage. The vaccination rate is higher in 91 countries.

Weight and size

Body height177 cm163 cm
Weight90.6 kg77.1 kg


United StatesØ worldwide
Diabetes *10.80%8.81%
HIV / Aids0.02%0.03%

* The number of people suffering from diabetes refers only to inhabitants aged between 20 and 79 years.

Child vaccinations

United StatesØ worldwide
Hepatitis B0.09%0.08%
DTP *9.30%8.14%

* DTP is a combined basic vaccination against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus, which should be given to children up to the age of 23 months.

In the United States of America, 23.0 percent of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.

Medical supplies

Public health and Covid-19 in the United StatesMedical care provided by doctors and hospitals in the United States of America is below average compared to the world population. The country provides 2.9 hospital beds per 1,000 inhabitants. The global mean here is 2.9 beds. Within the EU, 4.6 beds are available for every 1,000 residents.

With about 861,000 physicians in the United States, there are about 2.59 doctors per 1000 inhabitants. Here again the comparison: worldwide this standard is 1.50 physicians per 1,000 inhabitants and in the EU is 3.57.

Due to the low level of care, the mortality of major known diseases can only be reduced in comparatively few cases. According to current information, about 14 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) still die.

Drinking water supply

About 97 percent of the population has access to an immediately available, running drinking water supply. At least via springs and wells within a maximum distance of 30 minutes or supplied water, 100 peprcent of the population is supplied with largely clean drinking water. The population is thus better served than average. In a global comparison, only about 74 percent of the population has direct access to tested and always available drinking water. Within the European Union, this share is 98 percent. Only in a few countries does the proportion fall below 10 percent.


The above data correspond to the information from the World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Statistics, UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, Global Health Observatory Data Repository and OECD. The case numbers for the spread of the COVID-19 come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

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