Costa Ricans Live Longer Than Us. What’s the Secret?
We’ve starved our public-health sector. The Costa Rica model demonstrates what happens when you put it first.
This is an inspiring read. It combines a human interest story - going over the lives of some doctors and patients - with public policy, healthcare, and medial outcomes being contrasted across countries. I wish more countries followed this model.
“The results are enviable. Since the development of the ebais system, deaths from communicable diseases have fallen by ninety-four per cent, and decisive progress has been made against non-communicable diseases as well. It’s not just that Costa Rica has surpassed America’s life expectancy while spending less on health care as a percentage of income; it actually spends less than the world average. The biggest gain these days is in the middle years of life. For people between fifteen and sixty years of age, the mortality rate in Costa Rica is 8.7 per cent, versus 11.2 per cent in the U.S.—a thirty-per-cent difference. But older people do better, too: in Costa Rica, the average sixty-year-old survives another 24.2 years, compared with 23.6 years in the U.S.”Posted on 2021-09-05T22:55:51+0000