U.S. healthcare system blamed for life expectancy drop

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    The study notes that in 1950, the US ranked fifth among leading industrialised nations for female life expectancy at birth, but only 46th in 2008.

    It finds that US healthcare spending increased at nearly twice the rate of that in other wealthy nations between 1970 and 2002, with the increased spending corresponding with worsening survival rates relative to the other countries studied.

    "In most cases, the relative US performance deteriorated from decade to decade," wrote authors Peter Muennig and Sherry Glied of Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.

    They note the countries to which the US is compared - Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK - all provide universal healthcare coverage.

    BBC News - US healthcare 'to blame' for poor life expectancy rates
     
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    The US probably has the best medical technology, medicine and doctors..but really lousy access to them.
     
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    That's not accurate. Americans' high accident rates and race related disease states accounts for almost all the differences in life expectancy.
     
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    Adjusted for auto related accidents (Americans drive far more miles per capita), there is no meaningful difference.

    Also, comparing a large country with a great deal of immigration to small, ethnically homogenous ones is rather specious.
     
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    And here's the money shot revealing the "rigor" of their research methodology: the just gathered up data on the web.

    Life-Expectancy Calculations We used Wolfram Alpha—an online "data engine," which allows various types of calculations using rigorous, scientific tools—to calculate survival probabilities for people between ages 45–60 and ages 65–80 in all of the countries under study.20 This engine uses compiled mortality data from the WHO. The methods used for estimating survival probabilities are described in detail elsewhere.21
     
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    Yes.

    Don't forget homicides, sadly.

    Take a look at what diseases kill the African American population, as well.
     
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    Now, someone embarrass themself with "infant mortality rates," not knowing (or caring) the US and the rest of the world don't count live births the same way.
     
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    I was just going to make the same point about Infant Mortality.

    The researchers in the OP just scraped data from a variety of sources which most likely do not have the same standards for classification and rigor.

    Just as infant mortality rate comparisons are bogus due to the fact that severely premature babies are counted as stillborn in may countries while the U.S. counts them as live births, there are likely similar data equivalency issues with this internet scrape of data.
     
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    Women have low life expectancy rates in the US thanks to domestic violence.

    Let's perpetuate that cycle by encouraging more women to have out-of-wedlock babies that are raised on the street with no positive male role models! Yeah!
     
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    "Homicide is among the six leading causes of death for persons aged 1--44 years and accounts for approximately 18,000 deaths annually in the United States (1). The majority of homicides are committed by persons known to the victim (2). Approximately one in three homicides of females is committed by current or former spouses or boyfriends, a group collectively referred to as intimate partners (3). Among male homicide victims, 5% are killed by intimate partners."

    Surveillance for Homicide Among Intimate Partners ---United States, 1981--1998
     

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