- US finds itself ranked 42nd in global life expectancy (despite having the richest economy and spending $5.2bn (£2.6bn) a day on health care - more than any other country in the world)
- The average life expectancy between Mississippi, in the Deep South, and Connecticut, in prosperous New England differs by 30 years.
- The average life expectancy between Asian-American and black Americans (who have the lowest), differs by 50-years.
- The US accounts for 5% of the global population, but houses 24% of the global prison population.
The report raises many interesting questions:
- Why is inequality in the US so large?
- What can be done about it?
- What is the use in having the highest GDP per capita, if life expectancy is poor and inequality large?
- American inequality at Independent