Older Americans are sicker, but English die earlier, study says

Experts wonder if it will revive debate over who has better healthcare


Researchers at the U.S.-based RAND Corp. and the U.K.-based Institute for Fiscal Studies, have found that Americans aged 55 and older suffer more chronic disease—but live longer—than older people who get sick in England. “It appears that at least in terms of survival at older ages with chronic disease, the medical system in the United States may be better than the system in England,” RAND economist James Smith, a co-author of the study, told Reuters. Even so, the U.S. spends more money on healthcare than any other country, and spending on healthcare for elderly Americans is almost double what it is in England. The U.S. spent 16 per cent of its national output ($7,538 per person) on health in 2008, more than double the average for OECD countries, which was $3,000 per person.


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Older Americans are sicker, but English die earlier, study says

  1. Might be due to that same efficient health care that more Brits are dropping dead than the sicker US counterparts. Many medications nowadays causes more serious problems than the ailments they are suppose to treat. Look at Mexico, many people don't have access to medical practitioners yet statistics says they are living healthier and longer than their American counterparts. Isn't it time to revisit the debate that medical practitioners should encourage the use of supplements instead of prescribing medications all the time? Or why not encourage people to visit doctors' offices only when extremely necessary?

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