Life Expectancy and Quality of Life
The health of a country is often judged by life expectancy. How does the USA compare to comparable countries?
Life expectancy at birth in years, 2017
Japan 84.2 Switzerland 83.6 Australia 82.6 France 82.6 Sweden 82.5 Comparable Country Average 82.38 Canada 82.0 Netherlands 81.8 Austria 81.7 Belgium 81.6 United Kingdom 81.3 Germany 81.1 United States 78.6 (Ranks 37th among all countries and has been declining for the past five years)
What we do know is that for many people life expectancy is not as important as Quality life expectancy. What good is it to live to be 90 if the last 20 years are life without joy? HALE, or healthy life expectancy is a much better measure. What this means is the number of years we expect to lead a life with full mobility and free of pain without prescription life support. Using this criteria life expectancy in our country is only 66! Why is it so low? There are several; factors. Obesity rates, quality of healthcare (the USA only ranks 37th (same as life expectancy), immune system maintenance among others.