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One of the most common claims you hear in the American Healthcare debate is that, while our healthcare might be expensive, we get what you pay for – and America has the finest healthcare delivery system in the world.

If that’s the case, then why is it that we’re 45th(!) internationally in life expectancy?

If that’s the case, why is that while almost every other nation in the world is seeing life expectancy increase, in America that number is stagnant, and in parts of the country, for the first time ever, decreasing?

Here’s an NBC piece which ran yesterday that gives the details of the new studies on American life expectancy that are just starting to be released. Do watch it if you didn’t see it last night.

ht to Kendall Harmon for digging out the direct link.

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  1. On that life expectancy list, the lesson for numbers one through ten is: live in an incredibly small country. And that’s not a irreverent point. Perhaps the quality of care throughout one’s life is better when one is not one of a thousand patient that one’s doctor has– which is the great American way. I almost never can see my doctor when I am actually sick– thankfully, not often– but still I am charged the same for seeing a nurse-practitioner, who has far less education than a physician.
    I think people who think our quality of care is comparable to other countries don’t speak from actual knowledge of health care in other countries outside of jokes from Austin Powers movies.
    And health care declines once one retires. In our system, if you can’t pay for care through employer plans, you get far less care, because that is the standard and because retirees have absolutely no rights thanks to the Supreme Court. And that’s when people need it most.

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