2017 US Life Expectancy Declined
2017 us life expectancy declined despite spending more money on healthcare overall and per capita than any other nation. The US has plenty of knowledge and research that social determinants of health account for 80% or more of our health, yet we spend well over 90% of our healthcare dollars on clinical “sick care” because that is what we have always done. It is time for a transformation that will save the US hundreds of billions (if not $1 – $2 Trillion) and provide better quality of life for millions of Americans.
Life expectancy in the United States declined again in 2017, the government said Thursday in a bleak series of reports that showed a nation still in the grip of escalating drug and suicide crises.
The data continued the longest sustained decline in expected life span at birth in a century, an appalling performance not seen in the United States since 1915 through 1918. That four-year period included World War I and a flu pandemic that killed 675,000 people in the United States and perhaps 50 million worldwide.
Public health and demographic experts reacted with alarm to the release of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual statistics, which are considered a reliable barometer of a society’s health. In most developed nations, life expectancy has marched steadily upward for decades.
“I think this is a very dismal picture of health in the United States,” said Joshua M. Sharfstein, vice dean for public health practice and community engagement at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “Life expectancy is improving in many places in the world. It shouldn’t be declining in the United States.”
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