Wednesday, December 14, 2016

America - Spending Huge Amounts on Health Care and Getting Less

But Somebody is Making a Lot of Money

Sure the United States spends more of its income on health care, a lot more than any other country in the world.  But that's ok, because we have some of the worst outcomes from that spending compared to other high income countries.  How it that ok?  Well pharmaceutical companies and many health care providers, both individuals and institutions are making a big buck.

And what is the result?  Well here from the Financial Times is one answer.

Life expectancy at birth — roughly defined as the average age reached by a cohort, as opposed to lifespan, which applies to individuals — tends to mirror income, a trend that is not only observed within countries but also in international league tables of longevity. Japan tops the World Health Organisation’s table, with a life expectancy of 83.7; the country is the birthplace of the Okinawa diet, an eating plan, rich in fresh produce, borrowed from the islands whose seniors are famed for their sprightliness. Switzerland and Singapore are the only other two countries to have cracked the 83-year barrier. The UK is placed 20th, with 81.2 years, with the US at 31st. 

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American Health Care 

Yeah!!!  We're 31st!!

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