The following is an excerpt from DANIEL MORITZ-RABSON | October 17, 2018 | Slate.com |
The U.S. dropped 21 places in global life expectancy rankings, a study from the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation said Tuesday.
Although expected life span will rise globally in 2040, the U.S. declined in rank from 43rd to 64th, the largest decrease for a country defined as high-income.
With a projected lifespan of 79.8 years, the U.S. sits behind countries including the United Kingdom, Colombia, Japan, Costa Rica, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
Spain will have a lifespan of 85.8 in 2040, the best in the world. Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, Portugal, Italy, Israel, France, Luxembourg and Australia also ranked in the top 10.
China's global ranking rose from 68th to 39th.
The research showed that Syria's ranking would rise more than any other nation in the succeeding years, increasing from 137th in 2016 to 80th in 2040. "Palestine is expected to drop the most in its life expectancy ranking – from 114th in 2016 to 152nd in 2040," a press release published on Tuesday said.
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