Peter A. Muenning, assistant professor of Columbia University, wrote an article about the reasons for U.S. relatively lower improvement on life expectancy from the year 1975 to 2005. This study compared the life expectancy in the U.S with twelve other wealthy nations. In the most times, obesity and smoking were used to explain such low life-expectancy ranking.
In fact, the U.S. had lower smoking rate and obesity percentage than most of those advanced countries. The author believes the U.S. health care system is responsible for the observed deterioration in survival. Although health spending in the U.S. significantly increased during the study period, fee-for-service treatments and fragmented care are likely leading to the impaired outcome.
For the detailed information, please refer to Peter A. Muenning's article as following:
P. A. Muennig and S. A. Glied, "What Changes in Survival Rates Tell Us About U.S. Health Care," Health Affairs Web First, Oct. 7, 2010.
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