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Drop in U.S. life expectancy is an 'indictment of the American health care system Print E-mail
Written by David Blumenthal, STAT   
Friday, 05 January 2018 19:21

First Opinion
The economy may be growing and the stock market booming, but Americans are dying younger - living shorter lives than previous generations and dying earlier than their counterparts around the world. It is easy to  place the blame squarely on our nation's opioid epidemic, but if we do that we miss seeing the abysmal new life expectancy data from the C enters for Disease Control and Prevention for what they are - an indictment of the American health care system. According to the CDC, the average life expectancy at birth in the U.S. fell by 0.1 years, to 78.6, in 2016, following a similar drop in 2015. This is the first time in 50 years that life expectancy has fallen for two years running. In 25 other developed countries, life expectancy in 2015 averaged 81.8 years.
 

Last Updated on Friday, 19 January 2018 18:17
 


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