Well, remember, that ranking is determined by weighing several factors, among them are infant mortality statistics, availability of medical care and life expectancy.
Life Expectancy. Seems fair, right? I mean, what better way to measure your country’s medical/health care than to measure the single best outcome…how long a person lives.
And guess where America ranks? Guess who’s #1?
Well, it’s not pretty if you’re an American. On the other hand, if you live in Japan, life is good [and long].
Coming in #1 and reigning Champion of the world is Japan. Citizens of Japan can expect to live, on average, up to 82. years. Here in America? Like I said, not so bueno. We can only expect to live 78.1 years giving us a ranking of 30–THIRTY–in the world.
Sheesh, how does that happen? How can a nation as great and as powerful as America rank so low in life expectancy?
Thousands of Japanese centenarians may have died decades ago
More than 230,000 Japanese people listed as 100 years old cannot be located and many may have died decades ago, according to a government survey released today.
The justice ministry said the survey found that more than 77,000 people listed as still alive in local government records would have to be aged at least 120, and 884 would be 150 or older.
The reason Japan may be so far ahead of the rest of the world has perhaps more to do with BAD advances, things like record keeping and fraud prevention, than with good health care:
The figures have exposed antiquated methods of record-keeping and fuelled fears that some families are deliberately hiding the deaths of elderly relatives in order to claim their pensions.
The nationwide survey was launched in August after police discovered the mummified corpse of Sogen Kato, who at 111 was listed as Tokyo’s oldest man, in his family home 32 years after his death.
Soon after came the discovery that a 113-year-old woman listed as Tokyo’s oldest resident had not been seen by her family for more than 20 years. Welfare officials have yet to locate Fusa Furuya, who was last seen in about 1986.
When it feels like America has the best health care–when thousands of people around the world come to America for medical care–when you look around at the squalid living conditions of other nations ranked higher and it doesn’t make sense—
Trust your gut. We’ve got it goin’ on.