The BBC reports on a study by Columbia University. You can see the study here. From the BBC report:
The Columbia University report rejects claims that factors such as obesity have shortened life-spans for Americans relative to other wealthy nations.
The study blames reliance on costly and fragmented specialised care, and calls for systemic reform.
“We speculate that the nature of our health care system – specifically, its reliance on unregulated fee-for-service and specialty care – may explain both the increased spending and the relative deterioration in survival that we observed,” the authors wrote.
“If so, meaningful reform may not only save money over the long term, it may also save lives.”
Making money has become the goal of the United States health care industrial complex (though I must emphasize not of doctors, nurses, technicians, and others who deal daily with sick people) as what used to be non-profit hospitals, clinics, and insurance companies have become “for profit.”
As long as the goal of the health care industrial complex is making money, that’s what it’s going to put first.