“Want medical care without quickly draining your fortune? Try Singapore or Hong Kong as your healthy havens. The U.S. will cost you the most for treatment, both in absolute terms and relative to average incomes. Yet, the life expectancy of Americans — about 79 years — was exceeded by more than 25 countries and territories, according to an annual Bloomberg analysisin almost 200 economies.”
“Ahealth-efficiency indexwas then created to rank those with average lifespans of at least 70 years, GDP per-capita exceeding $5,000 and a minimum population of 5 million. AndAmericans aren’t getting their medical money’s worth, according to each of the categories.”
“The U.S. had the second-highest per-capita spending on health care at $9,536. Switzerland’s average based on gross domestic product was $9,818. But that $282 supplement helped deliver an extra 4.2 years of life — with the average Swiss lifespan of almost 83.”
Click the image to learn more about the health-efficiency index and to see the latest index rankings. The United States is tied for 54th!
“Cancer is one of the world’s most pressing health care challenges, with more than 14 million people receiving a cancer diagnosis each year. Thanks to investment and progress in cancer research, people today are living longer with this disease than ever before. Clinical Cancer Advances 2018 highlights the most impactful research advances and policy developments of the past year and previews where cancer science is headed. The report was developed under the direction a 20-person editorial board of experts in different oncology sub-specialties, as well as cancer prevention, quality of care, health disparities, and tumor biology.”
“What if health-care providers spent an extra 40 seconds showing compassion for their patients? The scientific evidence may surprise you. Through his pioneering work in the field of ‘Compassionomics,’ Dr. Stephen Trzeciak has found that just 40 seconds of compassion can be a powerful therapy – not only for the receiver of compassion, but for the giver, too. It changes everything. In this TEDx talk, Dr. Trzeciak takes you on a journey through the evidence that compassion matters – in both meaningful and measurable ways. Science shows that compassionate care is beneficial for health (better patient outcomes), health-care systems and payers (lower costs), and health-care providers (lower burnout).”