Is US Healthcare Actually Failing?

The US healthcare system is often called “The best healthcare system in the world”.  While that notion has been challenged by some, few would say that US healthcare is actually failing. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control suggests that we may not be getting what we want out of our healthcare system. The new data indicate that life expectancy in 2015 was 78.8 years, a decrease of 0.1 year from 2014 while the age-adjusted death rate increased 1.2% from 2014 to 2015. Is this just normal year over year variation or the first signs of something much more significant? More importantly, what is causing it? Perhaps most importantly what can we do about it? Experts will debate these questions for months and years to come. One thing remains clear however – we simply can’t continue “business as usual” for US Healthcare. If we do, we can’t expect to get anything better than what we are getting now. For the report details click here.

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