Life Expectancy In 35 Industrialized Countries, US Ranks Among The Lowest

Just saw this:

Life Expectancy To Break 90 Barrier By 2030, BBC, 22 Feb 2017

The 90 barrier will be broken in South Korea, not here in the US. In fact, among 35 industrialized countries:

The US performs poorly and is on course to have the lowest life expectancy of rich countries by 2030.

“[The US is] almost opposite of South Korea,” added Prof Ezzati [author of the study].

Why are people in the US dying at younger ages than in 34 other industrialized nations?

“[Society in the US is] very unequal to an extent the whole national performance is affected – it is the only country without universal health insurance.

Prof Ezzati said: “Places that perform well do so by investing in their health system and making sure it reaches everyone.”

Here’s the study, along with an excerpt about the US:

Future Life Expectancy In 35 Industrialised Countries: Projections With A Bayesian Model Ensemble, The Lancet, 21 February 2017

Notable among poor-performing countries is the USA, whose life expectancy at birth is already lower than most other high-income countries, and is projected to fall further behind such that its 2030 life expectancy at birth might be similar to the Czech Republic for men, and Croatia and Mexico for women. The USA has the highest child and maternal mortality, homicide rate, and body-mass index of any high-income country, and was the first of high-income countries to experience a halt or possibly reversal of increase in height in adulthood, which is associated with higher longevity. The USA is also the only country in the OECD without universal health coverage, and has the largest share of unmet health-care needs due to financial costs. Not only does the USA have high and rising health inequalities, but also life expectancy has stagnated or even declined in some population subgroups. Therefore, the poor recent and projected US performance is at least partly due to high and inequitable mortality from chronic diseases and violence, and insufficient and inequitable health care.

Also: “South Korea … has some of the lowest obesity rates in the world.”

4 thoughts on “Life Expectancy In 35 Industrialized Countries, US Ranks Among The Lowest

  1. Bix Post author

    I’m glad we will soon have coverage for everybody:

    Trump vows ‘insurance for everybody’ in Obamacare replacement plan

    “We’re going to have insurance for everybody,” Trump said. “There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us.” People covered under the law “can expect to have great health care. It will be in a much simplified form. Much less expensive and much better.”

    Trump gets down to business on 60 Minutes

    Scott Pelley: Universal health care?

    Donald Trump: I am going to take care of everybody. I don’t care if it costs me votes or not. Everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they’re taken care of now.

    Scott Pelley: The uninsured person is going to be taken care of how?

    Donald Trump: They’re going to be taken care of. I would make a deal with existing hospitals to take care of people. And, you know what, if this is probably–

    Scott Pelley: Make a deal? Who pays for it?

    Donald Trump: …the government’s gonna pay for it.



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