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      Health, United States, 2018 is the 42nd report on the health status of the nation and is submitted by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to the President and the Congress of the United States in compliance with Section 308 of the Public Health Service Act. This report was compiled by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Health, United States series presents an annual overview of national trends in key health indicators. The 2018 report presents trends and current information on selected measures of morbidity, mortality, health care utilization and access, health risk factors, prevention, health insurance, and personal health care expenditures in a 20-figure chartbook. The Health, United States, 2018 Chartbook is supplemented by several other products including Trend Tables, an At-a-Glance table, Appendixes, and Spotlight Infographics available for download on the Health, United States website at: index.htm. The Health, United States, 2018 Chartbook contains 20 figures and 20 tables on health and health care in the United States. Examining trends in health informs the development, implementation, and evaluation of health policies and programs. The first section (Figures 1–12) focuses on health status and determinants: life expectancy, infant mortality, leading causes of death, overdose deaths, teen births, preterm births, use of tobacco products, obesity, asthma, diabetes prevalence, hypertension, and functional limitations. The second section (Figures 13–15) presents trends in health care utilization: childhood vaccination coverage, use of prescription drugs, and unmet medical needs. The third section (Figures 16–17) focuses on health care resources: availability of dentists and use of long-term care facilities. The fourth section (Figures 18–20) describes trends in personal health care expenditures and health insurance coverage. The Highlights section summarizes major findings from the Chartbook. Suggested citation: National Center for Health Statistics. Health, United States, 2018. Hyattsville, MD. 2019. hus18.pdf
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