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U.S.’s Life Expectancy and Health Care

U.S. life expectancy and health care

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2021 was the second year in a row that the U.S.’s life expectancy declined, while other comparably large, wealthy countries saw a rebound since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to having the lowest life expectancy among its counterparts, the U.S. outspends its peers by nearly double on health care.

Country 2021 Life Expectancy Per Capita Health Care Spending
United States 76.1 years $12,318
Comparable Countries 82.4 years $6,003


COVID-19 had increased U.S. mortality and premature death rates more than in comparable countries, widening a gap that existed before the pandemic. And higher health care spending hasn’t translated into longer lifespans for Americans.

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Mari Wagner

Mari Wagner

The greatest badge of success for Mari Wagner is when her customers reach out and let her know how appreciative they are of her help and services. Mari is dependable, driven, committed, and enjoys meeting new people. Mari joined the National Insurance Services (NIS) team after working with NIS for several years on mutual clients benefit plans. She finds that NIS has similar values and mindset to her own. As an Account Manager, Mari works with schools, cities, and counties in the Midwest Region. She is a licensed insurance agent with a background in sales, wellness, managing insurance pools, marketing, and consulting.