Best graph ever

This graph is from a great blog, “The Incidental Economist”.

The graphic demonstrates what are the average life expectancies in different countries (the up and down axis) and the amount spent on providing health care (the left to right axis).

Two striking things about this column is that the United States spends more on health care than other industrialized nations and we have some of the lowest life expectancies.  (US life expectancies are equivalent to those in Chile and Poland.  The majority of other industrialized countries have much better expectancies.)

The other thing that I find remarkable is the fact that we are so far out on our own.  NO other nation spends at much as we do and no other industrialized nation has such short life expectancies.

Says a lot about the United States having the “best healthcare in the world”.

For a detailed analysis check out the full post at