Analyzing Whether Countries Are Equally Efficient at Improving Longevity for Men and Women

Source: Douglas Barthold, Arijit Nandi, José M. M. Rodríguez, and Jody Heymann, American Journal of Public Health, e-View Ahead of Print, 2013

From the press release:
A new study by researchers at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and McGill University in Montreal reveals that the United States health care system ranks 22nd out of 27 high-income nations when analyzed for its efficiency of turning dollars spent into extending lives.

The study, which appears online Dec. 12 in the “First Look” section of the American Journal of Public Health, illuminates stark differences in countries’ efficiency of spending on health care, and the U.S.’s inferior ranking reflects a high price paid and a low return on investment.

For example, every additional hundred dollars spent on health care by the United States translated into a gain of less than half a month of life expectancy. In Germany, every additional hundred dollars spent translated into more than four months of increased life expectancy.