Facts of the Day in Medicine

Here are some facts of the day:

  • Life expectancy for Americans is 78.37 years, ranking 50th among nations worldwide.
  • The US ranks only 45th in infant mortality rates, worse than many nations that are actually much poorer.
  • The US ranks #1 in healthcare expenses, spending 50% more than even the 2nd highest nation worldwide.
  • American citizens spend 2.5 times more money on healthcare than on food.
  • At current rates, healthcare costs will exceed 4.5 trillion by 2019 and if the trend continues further, account for almost 1/5 of our gross domestic product by 2025.

From How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America by Otis Webb Brawley, MD, with Paul Goldberg


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