Chatter Around the World – 158

Chatter Around the World is a curated weekly update of articles related to economics, investing, dividends and personal finance. In these weekly updates, I also capture my blog updates and news related to my portfolio holdings.


U.S. Healthcare is a Global Outlier, and Not in a Good Way

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12 thoughts on “Chatter Around the World – 158

  1. Very interesting graph. That would seem to suggest 2 things, firstly that universal healthcare by a lot of countries is help extend the average person’s life. Second that the US system is costing far too much, you’d think private healthcare would drive competition and efficiency, but it seems to be worsening results there.


    • Hi Tristan,
      Your two observations are on point. The US spends a lot but wastes a lot of money — the resources arent being utilized properly and people’s health isnt getting any better. Besides, when you hollow out the middle class and have squeezed all the productivity out and demand more, while income inequality shoots through the roof — causing more grief, angst, and stress in everyone’s life — its hardly surprising that the US has so many problems.


  2. Very interesting chart R2R. I continue to believe that my generation will be the first generation in well over a century, that won’t live as long as our parents did. That’s bad enough, but to pay more at the same time is disgraceful.

    I hope you guys have a great weekend.

    • That is an interesting take, Bryan. I think you mentioned that to me once and I have wondered if we will live longer. We will have to see how things progress over the coming years. Definitely one sector where spending does not automatically get better results.


  3. I must admit that it has been awhile since I’ve had an opportunity to read the Chatter. Glad to be back and to continue with one of my favorite reads while I sip on my morning coffee. Can’t think of a better way to start the day. 🙂

    By the way, I truly appreciate that (throughout our 6-week hiatus) you have continue to support and link to our two repositories. We are back and plan to continue to build both collections.

    Thank you millions. Have a great weekend buddy. AFFJ

  4. Thanks for including SD in this week’s chatter around the world. The United States health care expenditures vs life expectancy are very sad indeed. Health care costs are completely out of control here – as are health insurance costs.

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