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  • Writer's pictureGerry Lehrburger

Column: America’s decline in life expectancy speaks volumes about our problems

Updated: Apr 17, 2023

The U.S, life expectancy has not just dropped compared just compared to “rich-country peers)

At 76.1 years, the current life expectancy in the United States - using the 2015 data chart for comparison - the U.S now ties with Brazil, that had a 71st place ranking at that time. And as you can see from the article about Brazil’s health care quoted below, Brazil apparently has such an abysmal system, that Lincoln Lopes Ferreira, head of the Brazilian Medical Association, compared it to genocide!

Please note that most of the decrease of life-expectancy in the U.S happened before the pandemic (a decrease by 2 years from 2015 to 2019, when we dropped from 79 to 77, from 34th in the world to 59th. ).

Fortunately, even if only about 71st in life expectancy, the US still remains #1 – by far!!! - for the cost of our “Health Care” Go USA!

$12,318 per capita on healthcare in 2019 for the USA

How does this compare with Brazil the country we have now tied with? Their cost? <$500 per capita

Chart with an update with the 2020 CDC information for life expectancy in the U.S. in RED) added to the 2015 chart, using 2019 info on cost (a significant underestimate, as it undoubtedly increased significantly in 2020). On the 2015 chart, the U.S, would tie with Brazil, :,year%20decline%20since%201921%2D23.

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