What are the demographic characteristics of people who dieĀ  in the United States?

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The demographics of mortality in the United staes is quite different than that in other developed countries, as lack of comprehensive publically funded health care has meant higher infant mortality rates and shorter life expectancy as compared to other members of the OECD. Although the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare) may change this pattern, for now there is a significant disparity in life expentancy between the rich and the poor in the United States, with members of minorities (especially black, Hispanic, and Native American populations) dying younger and having more chronic diseases than more affluent segments of the population. Other demographic patterns are that women live longer than men, and that mortality is highest in three populations, the elderly, infants, and late teens (especially males, with violence, suicide and risky behaviour being among the causes).