February 3, 2023

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U.S. ranks below China, Latvia, and Mauritius for women’s health

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Despite throwing the most money in the world at healthcare, the U.S. ranks below China, Latvia, and Mauritius for women’s health.

According to data from Hologic, which surveyed 127,000 people across 122 countries, countries with higher income and higher healthcare expenditure per capita typically score higher on women’s health, including a longer life expectancy. 

“The U.S., however, continues to be a well-documented exception,” the report warns.

For example, the country spends almost twice as much as an average Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) country does on healthcare, but it has a lower life expectancy.

Life expectancy at birth in the United States has been declining since 2020. Although it varies depending on age, sex, race, ethnicity, and even which state a person lives in, life expectancy in the U.S. is currently at around 76 years old. It marks the lowest estimate since 1996.

Comparably, other countries that funnel wealth back into their health system scored higher on the Health Index. Austria where the life expectancy is 81 years old, scored 67 points in the survey, meanwhile, Switzerland scored 66 and has a life expectancy of 83 years old. Taiwan led the list, with 70 points and a life expectancy of 81 years.

The U.S. spends more on healthcare than any other country in the world yet overall it scored 61, putting it in 23rd place.

Nearly one in four women in the U.S. cannot afford food

Women’s ability to meet their basic needs — such as affording food — fell globally, according to the data. Plus, women were more likely than men to say they didn’t have enough money to afford food. 

Generally, worries about food and shelter are relatively nonexistent in higher-income economies.

But again, the exception to this rule is in the U.S.

The survey asked respondents: Have there been times in the past 12 months when you did not have enough money to buy food that you or your family…

Orianna Rosa Royle

2023-01-25 06:50:10

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