posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 11:06 PM
Here are some of my thoughts on the replies. I believe that overwork is a factor. Medical personnel in this country are paid about the same as other
countries but medical staff report that it is less satisfying here. This applies not just to nurses but to physicians who have incentives to do lots
of procedures quickly, taking on lots of patients.
Beyond just the overwork it's also the system. Safety policies are nonstandardized and weaker in some cases that other countries which leads to
medication errors and not hand washing which are two of the biggest killers.
As noted above in the original post, research shows that the lowered life-expectancies are not the result of lifestyle factors such as obesity but
lower quality of care. Lifestyle factors lower the number of years the average person remains healthy without impairments. The U.S. is also very bad
on this measure and it does explain, in part, our higher health care costs.
Interestingly, lifestyle factors don't seem to improve life-expectancy much except for smoking and excessive alcohol use. Exercise may
may improve life-expectancy