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  •  Please quote source of stats (0+ / 0-)

    This is not a challenge to the veracity of your figures but life expectancy numbers are a very variable feast. I presume that the numbers are the average of male and female at birth however, for example, the expectancy for females in England at birth was 82.9 in the years 2009-11 but 78.9 for males. (Both rose by over 1.1 years from the same statistics collected in 2005-7)

    See the Office of National Statistics report

    You may note that there are different rates for each of the constituent nations of the UK as each have their own National Health Service run by the local assembies or parliaments (except England which is run by the Westminster government). The rates reflect this and the different cultural and economic reasons behind early deaths. One thing that did come out a few years ago was that the poorest Scots (the ones with the worst health outcomes because of diet, poverty etc) had a longer life expectancy than the richest Americans.

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    by Lib Dem FoP on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 07:09:52 AM PDT

    •  Stats are from the WHO (1+ / 0-)
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      I pulled them from Wikipedia:

      Health Care per capita

      Life Expectancy

      I also found a World Bank study that shows much the same thing, although I can't tell if this is just repackaging of the WHO data.

      World Bank Life Expectancy

      I did also find this story that quotes Investors Business Daily (yes, I'm using that source as well), that claims some irregularities in statistics coming out of Cuba:

      Problems with Cuba data?

      So where does all that lead us? I think that even if the statistics on Cuba (or the USA for that matter) aren't completely accurate, my main points remain:

      1. Cuba gets a lot out of its $478 per capita health care expenditure.

      2. The USA doesn't get a whole lot more out of what it spends - certainly not 16 times more.


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      by databob on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 07:39:54 AM PDT

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