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Medical Care Information - Life Expectancy

Updated on October 20, 2019
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I spent 22 years in the nursing profession. I enjoy writing, reading historical novels, gardening, and helping people live a healthier life.

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Life Expectancy

Life expectancy has increased around most of the world over the past several years.

Worldwide - Men - 70 years - Women 75 years

United Sttes - Men 76 years - Women 80 years

Canada - Men 80 years -- Women 84 years

U.K. - Men 79.2 years - Women 82.9 years

Australia - Men 80.5 years - Women 84.6 years

The increase in worldwide life expectancy may be due to a number of factors, such as; better healthcare, eating a better diet, better housing, sanitation, exercising or access to better healthcare.

In the U.S. over one half of healthcare is being funded by the government by programs such as; Medicare, Medicaid, the Veterans Health Administration and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

In 2017, the United States Census Bureau reported that 28.5 million people (8.8%) were without healthcare insurance, which was an improvement from 2010 when 49.9 million (16.3%) were without insurance.

Which Countries Live The Longest?

Prevent an Early Death

The leading causes of death in the U.S. are cardiovascular, neurological and chronic lower respiratory diseases.

While you cannot change your genetic makeup, your sex, race or current age, there are things you can do to prevent an early death. The Anerican Heart Association states obesity in the U.S.is a big problem for adults and children.

Strategies to stay or get healthier include:

  • Absolutely. quit smoking! The chemicals in tobacco damage your blood vessels and heart. Women on birth control pills and those who also smoke are at a higher risk. Avoid second-hand smoke and vaping as well.
  • Maintain a healthy weight and eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish and lean meats as healthy choices. Try to limit fats in your diet.
  • Exercise several, if not most days a week for at least 30 minutes. Even walking your dog or gardening can count as exercise. Aerobic activity will increase your heart rate to a healthy rate.
  • Most adults require 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. Lack of an adequate amount of sleep can lead to hypertension, obesity, heart attack, diabetes and depression.
  • Find a way to manage stress in your life through relaxation techniques, exercise or meditation.
  • Get regular health screening for your blood pressure, cholesterol level and diabetes.
  • Limit alcohol intake.
  • Manage your blood glucose level if you are diabetic.

A long life may not be good enough, but a good life is long enough.

--Benjamin Franklin

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Best Hospital HealthCare in the World

Newsweek partnered with the global market research company, Statista, to rank the top 100 hospitals in the world. They considered the expertise of the physicians, other medical professionals and the administrator across 4 continents.

The top 10 hospitals list includes:

  1. Mayo Clinic - Rochester, MN
  2. Cleveland Clinic - Cleveland, OH
  3. Singapore, General Hospital - Bukit Merah, Singapore
  4. John Hopkins Hospital - Baltimore, MA
  5. Charité - Berlin, Germany
  6. Massachusetts General Hospital - Boston, MA
  7. Toronto General Hospital - Canada
  8. University of Tokyo Hospital - Japan
  9. Lausanne University Hospital - Switzerland
  10. Sheba Medical Center - Tel Aviv, Israel

One hospital rating in the U.S. is done according to specific conditions they treat and they are placed on the “Honor Roll’. This system takes into account their specialists and medical procedures. Additionally, there are 16 specialities, such as cancer, taken into account. The more specialities and procedures a hospital does places them on a higher level on the “Honor Roll” list. Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic and John Hopkins are in the top 10 hospitals.

However, you do not need to go to a “Honor Roll” hospital to get quality care. For instance. There are very good hospitals and doctors in all states, so unless you have a condition or need a specific treatment you probably have a good hospital in your area.

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Ideas for the Uninsured

If you do not have insurance, try the Affordable Care Act. If you are still uninsured and need medical care try:

  • Check fees by shopping for a doctor, an urgent care facility and hospital in your area.
  • Ask for a reduced rate and then, pay in advance
  • Call ahead to determine the rate and pay in cash
  • Ask for a generic prescription or ask the doctor for samples to save on medicine
  • Set up a savings account for a consistent monthly amount
  • Price higher deductible health insurance

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In Conclusion

While expensive healthcare may be a problem, there is a personal responsibility to keep healthy. Eating healthy, keeping you weight at a healthy level and exercise are some of the important ways to not only live longer, but to feel better while you are busy living. I doubt anyone thinks smoking is healthy, and it is important to beat that addiction if you are a smoker.

It is difficult to predict what will happen in the future with regard to expensive healthcare or affordable health insurance. While the chaos of the 2020 election ensues, adopt a healthier lifestyle.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2019 Pamela Oglesby

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  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 days ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Audrey, It is not every day that I talk with someone who knows the age of their death. But, why not?

    I am glad you live a healthy life and I appreciate your comments.

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    Audrey Hunt 

    4 days ago from Idyllwild Ca.

    I plan to live to the ripe old age of 102! We shall see. :) Super information which I try to incorporate daily. Thanks for keeping us all healthy, Pamela and good health to you!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 days ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Alyssa, I grew up in OH, but I have been in FL for a long time now. I am glad you enjoyed this article and your comments are appreciated.

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    Alyssa 

    9 days ago from Ohio

    Oh wow! This is wonderful news! I think you're right, many people are more conscious of their health and take preventative action. Also, it was pretty exciting to see Ohio rank as #2 on your top ten hospitals list. :)

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    Robert Sacchi 

    2 weeks ago

    You're welcome and have a happy and healthy weekend.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    2 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Robert, I appreciate your comments. Have a nice weekend.

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    Robert Sacchi 

    2 weeks ago

    Another informative medical article by you. Thank you for posting.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    2 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Maria, I like that quote too. I appreciate your very nice comments, Maria. I hope you have a happy day too. Love and Hugs!

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    Maria Jordan 

    2 weeks ago from Jeffersonville PA

    Dear Pamela,

    I love the quote by Benjamin Franklin - so very true.

    I appreciate how you stress/share working on those health factors that we do have control over - especially our eating and exercise habits.

    Have a healthy and happy day!

    Love,

    Maria

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    2 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Lora, I also feel strongly about healthy habits prolonging your life. I know insurance is a problem for many people and drug prices are so expensive. I truly hope congress will address this problem, but I don't see them working together right now. So, I would say to anyone to adopt a healthy lifestye. Thanks for your generous ocmments,

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    Lora Hollings 

    2 weeks ago

    The best way to stay healthy are the ways you pointed out in your article, Pamela. Eating a healthy diet which should be more plant based than meat based, eliminating foods high in fats, exercising daily, watching your weight, getting enough sleep and cutting out those habits such as smoking and alcohol consumption which aren't good for you. You are so right when you say that we all have a responsibility to keep ourselves healthy! How true. This is an excellent article that can certainly point people in the right direction not only with your great tips for staying healthy but your suggestions for people who don't have health insurance.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    3 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Eric, They have a great sense of humor. Thanks for your comments.

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    Eric Dierker 

    3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    So I discussed this with my 30 something eldest. She suggested that I should not push it. No one can put up with me for another 20 years. Why oh why did I teach my children sarcasm.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    3 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Doris, The Affordable Care Act is a failure in my opinion and the congress does nothing. Drug costs are also too high. I buy a supplemental in addition to Medicare so most everything is covered. I appreciate your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    3 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Linda, Canada's numbers so look good and you are right there. I think you have a healthy lifestyle, so a long life will be ahead. Thanks for commenting.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    3 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Paul, Your comments about the young is so true. You have the right idea about increasing longevity from everything I have read. Thank you so much for your comments.

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    Paul Richard Kuehn 

    3 weeks ago from Udorn City, Thailand

    Pamela, This is a very informative and useful article. Unfortunately, many when young think that they are invincible and don't take good care of their health. They develop bad habits of drinking and smoking. If these habits continue into middle-age, it is very possible to die in your 50s or 60s from heart problems or cancer. A good diet, regular exercise, and a good emotional life will help prolong life.

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    Linda Crampton 

    3 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

    A healthy lifestyle is important at any age. I appreciate the reminder and the ideas, Pamela. The life expectancy list is very interesting. I like Canada's numbers!

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    Doris James MizBejabbers 

    3 weeks ago from Beautiful South

    Good article, Pamela. I would think that countries with socialized medicine would have the highest life expectancies because what good is top rated medical care if the person needing it can't afford to access it. One thing I've found since I became social security age is that the nearly $200 a month that a medicare supplemental policy is less costly than paying the 20% copay for a year when you get to medicare age. What breaks my heart is the ungodly premiums my granddaughter and friends her age are paying to insure their families under the "Affordable" Care Act. They can't afford not to carry the insurance. What if a child breaks an arm or, heaven forbid, gets cancer?

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    3 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Ruby, I think your motto leads to a long life. Thank you for commenting. Have a good week.

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    Ruby Jean Richert 

    3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

    Another very good article. My motto has always been, ' No one is going to take care of you. it is up to the individual to do that.' Eating healthy and exercising is most important, along with a healthy attitude...

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    3 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Linda, I imagine you will have a good, long life. It seems you are quite conscious of your diet and you are active. Thanks for your comments. Have a great week!

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    3 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi John, Thank you for letting me know I typed that information in wrong. I will correct it. I just thought the top 10 hospitals were interesting but I don't think they increase life expectency. Australia's number looked good anyway. I appreciate your comments and I hope you have a good week.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    3 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Eric, Your joke is ver funny! Averages don't mean too much if you eat healthy and exercise it makes a huge difference in my opinion. Thank you so much for your comments.

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    Linda Lum 

    3 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

    Pamela, this is all good information. But, like Bill Holland, I have far too much left to do. I'd better hope that I'm on the high side of the average.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    3 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Liz, I agree that quality is very important. I thought of you when I researched life expectancy for the U.K. I appreciate your comments.

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    Liz Westwood 

    3 weeks ago from UK

    This is a fascinating article. I was interested in the figures for different countries. I expected the UK to be lagging behind others. I tend to think quality of life outweighs quantity.

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    Eric Dierker 

    3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    Yahoo. I was trying to act all old yesterday. Gabriel thought it was very funny. What are these people thinking dying at 75 or so? I would suggest that post 60 they play more. Do we even have an American major politician under 70?.

    So the guy goes into the docs. office. Thinking he is going to die. The doc. asks him if he smokes, if he runs with wild women, if he drinks fine whiskey or if he loves to drive way to fast. The guy says none of the above. The doc. says "so why do you want to live longer?"

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    John Hansen 

    3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

    Very useful information here, Pamela. It is interesting that the life expectancy, of those listed, is highest in Australia, but we don’t have a hospital listed in the 10 best. We do have quite a good health system though I must admit. I am sure other factors also come into it. (Oh, just check the Australian life expectancy...you have written “women” instead of “men”.)

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    3 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Bill, You are so healthy that I believe you will exceed expectations. Thank you and have a lovely Sunday.

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    Bill Holland 

    3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

    Well, if I'm average, I have five years left. Let's hope I'm above average because five years isn't nearly enough time. :)

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    3 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Flourish, I agree that vaping and smokless tobacco should be added. The life expectancy is just an average. My mother smoked when she was young and lived to 95 years, so be prepared for a long life! Thanks for your comments.

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    FlourishAnyway 

    3 weeks ago from USA

    I’d add no vaping or smokeless tobacco products either. I looked up my life expectancy on an insurance table. I’m a pretty practical person and need to make sure my retirement money will last longer than I do.

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