RKS Health; Skyrocketing Health Costs in the United States and Decreasing Healthy Life Expectancy

“Back in 1980, the United States spent 8.2% of GDP on health-care, virtually the same as the second highest spending country (Germany at 8.1 percent) and just 1.7 percent above the average of ten comparable countries. But as discussed in the introduction, by 2019 American health-care spending had skyrocketed to 17.7 percent of US GDP. At 7 percent more than the average of ten other wealthy countries, this adds up to $1.5 trillion in excess spending.”

“The United Sates ranks lowest in quality and access to health care among eleven wealthy nations, and it is the only country to have declined on this measure since 2010, despite the expanded access provided by Obamacare. And since 2000 American’s healthy life expectancy has plummeted from 38th in the world to sixty-eight in 2019 (now behind China, Cuba and Jamaica). Citizens of Japan live 8 years longer in good health and Canadians live 5.2 years longer in good health than Americans do.”

John Abramson, MD, MSc: “sickening: How Big Pharma Broke America Health Care and How We Can Repair it”: Mariner Books 2022

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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