- Nov 2006
that may be true but we will still be way behind other countries in the way of quality of healthcare. Life expectancy is no measure of how good your healthcare is and ours sucks. Maybe not for that 1 percent but certainly for the rest of the country and healthcare is not rated based upon what the richest are capable of getting.It should be remembered that the payment for healthcare is being debated, not the cost of healthcare. There are numerous factors impacting the cost of care specific to our nation. For example, our education system, the better educated a population, the better use of available healthcare resources. Some like to use life expectancy statistics. If accidental deaths and deaths via violence are removed, the USA rises to the top of the list.