US slips to 49th in life expectancy

From Raw Story:

By Sahil Kapur
Monday, October 18th, 2010 — 8:23 am

The United States currently ranks 49th in the world in overall life expectancy, according to a study published in the academic journal Health Affairs, slipping dramatically during the last decade.

“As of September 23, 2010, the United States ranked forty-ninth for both male and female life expectancy combined,” concludes the study, conducted by Columbia University health policy professors Peter A. Muennig and Sherry A. Glied, which will appear in the November edition of the influential peer-reviewed journal.

The noteworthy decline is highlighted by the fact that in 1999, the World Health Organization ranked the US as 24th in the world in the same category, life expectancy.

The report by Muenning and Glied found the prime culprit of the plunge to be America’s deteriorating health care system, marred by ever-rising costs and growing numbers of uninsured and under-insured individuals.

Noting that the United States spends over twice as much per capita on health care than other industrialized nations, it adds: “The observation that Americans are spending relatively more on health but living relatively shorter, less healthy lives has led some critics to allege that the US health care system is ‘uniquely inefficient.'”

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2 Responses to “US slips to 49th in life expectancy”

  1. Jessica Says:

    Glenn Greenwald of says this is one of the examples of the decline that comes with the fading of Empire.

    • Suzan Says:

      I think it is symptomatic of the cancer stage of free market capitalism.

      People call me a socialist and I’m supposed to be offended. I consider socialism the most common sense approach to living in an advanced techno/industrial world. As well as a matter of necessity in the decline of oil production. Living smaller instead of larger is a matter of survival.

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