Popular Science reported on the decline in life expectancy in America. Because of the for-profit health care market, America spends more on healthcare per citizen than almost any other. We are not seeing the returns. Life expectancy had been steadily climbing for decades but in the last few years life expectancy has declined.
“A new report from the Centers for Disease Control shows that a small decrease in life expectancy, from 78.7 to 78.6 years, is part of a continuing trend. Even as we make progress treating cancer, heart disease, and stroke—three of the biggest killers—we’re losing ground on other fronts and have been since 2014. That makes this continuous decline unlike anything we’ve seen since World War I and the Spanish influenza, which both happened between 1915 and 1918.”
The CDC highlighted three things that have contributed to American’s shrinking life expectancy in recent years: drug overdoses, chronic liver disease, and suicide. “Increased death rates for unintentional drug overdoses in particular—a subset of unintentional injuries—contributed to the negative change in life expectancy observed in recent years,” the report reads.
But the changes aren’t affecting everyone equally. Take a look at these charts:
Geographic location is significant.