Life Expectancy in the US: Falling Behind

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The current (2016) life expectancy from birth for the US as a whole is 79.8 years.(1) How does that compare with other countries? Countries where people live longer than in the US include

  • Andorra 82.8
  • Anquilla 81.4
  • Australia 82.2
  • Austria 81.5
  • Belgium 81.0
  • Bermuda 81.3
  • Canada 81.9
  • Cayman Islands 81.2
  • Faroe Islands 80.4
  • Finland 80.9
  • France 81.8
  • Greece 80.5
  • Guernsey 82.5
  • Hong Kong (China) 82.9
  • Iceland 83.0
  • Ireland 80.8
  • Isle of Man 81.2
  • Israel 82.4
  • Italy 82.2
  • Japan 85.0
  • Jersey 81.9
  • Korea, South 82.4
  • Liechtenstein 81.9
  • Luxembourg 82.3
  • Macau (China) 84.5
  • Malta 80.4
  • Monaco 89.5
  • Netherlands 81.3
  • New Zealand 81.2
  • Norway 81.8
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon 80.5
  • San Marino 83.3
  • Singapore 85.0
  • Spain 81.7
  • Sweden 82.1
  • Taiwan 80.1
  • United Kingdom 80.7
  • Virgin Islands 80.0

Of course, the issue is that the US spends more per capita on healthcare than any of these other countries.  In many cases, far more.

What’s a year of life worth to you?

On top of that, the US is falling behind in growth in life expectancy.(2) Kontis et. al. forcast growth in life expectancy in industrialized countries, and the US ranks near the bottom of the list, with minimal improvement.  South Korea, which is already ahead of the US, ranks near the top in growth in longevity.

lifeexpectancychangeYou spend a lot on healthcare and health insurance.  What exactly are you getting for your money?

 


SourcesI

  1. CIA World Factbook. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/2102.html
  2. Vasilis Kontis, PhD, James E Bennett, PhD, Colin D Mathers, PhD, Guangquan Li, PhD, Kyle Foreman, PhD, Prof Majid Ezzati, FMedSc, “Future life expectancy in 35 industrialised countries: projections with a Bayesian model ensemble,” The Lancet, 21 February 2017. http://thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(16)32381-9/fulltext

 

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