Reuters September 27, 2021

NEW YORK  – Discussions of American exceptionalism in healthcare revolve around the 18% of GDP that the country pays each year to keep its population alive and well. But the pandemic shows how badly the population is being served despite that astonishing sum.

American male life expectancy at birth dropped 2.2 years in 2020, according to University of Oxford researchers. The United States witnessed the largest decline among 29 nations. Europe saw life spans fall mostly due to deaths among those 60 and over, whereas, across the Atlantic, there was a large increase in mortality in those...

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