Is This Due to Different Health Standards?
According to a recent study:
American doctors may be more likely to diagnose hypertension or diabetes than British doctors. That would explain why, even despite these statistics there is a negligible difference in life expectancy. (In Britain the life expectancy is estimated at 78.38 as of 2005. In the United States, the life expectancy of “white” Americans was 78.0 as of 2003 and it was increasing at 0.2 years per year.)
White, middle-aged Americans - even those who are rich - are far less healthy than their peers in England, according to stunning new research that erases misconceptions and has experts scratching their heads.
The study, based on government statistics in both countries, adds context to the already-known fact that the United States spends more on health care than any other industrialized nation, yet trails in rankings of life expectancy.