Monday, August 13, 2007

U.S. Life Expectancy Drops Again

The latest news is that a child born in 2004 will live an average of 77.9 years. Sounds pretty good until you realize that life expectancy ranks 42nd in the world. The U.S. has dropped from 11th two decades ago according to information from the Census Bureau and the National Center for Health Statistics.

Dr. Christopher Murray, head of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington says, "Something's wrong here when one of the richest countries in the world, the one that spends the most on health care, is not able to keep up with other countries."

I couldn't have said it better myself.

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