Healthcare in the US

Via here, we see that life expectancy in the US was similar to the OECD average until about 1990 and has since been falling behind and also that the US does worse than the OECD median in 16 areas that were looked at (this comes from this paper). Aaron Carroll argues why it’s ok to use life expectancy as a metric for our healthcare system. What’s interesting, is that the amount the US spent on healthcare was in the range of the OECD until about 1980, so as we started to spend relatively more money on healthcare we started to get worse results.

We’ll see if Obamacare does anything to change either of these trajectories.

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