Health

Countries with the Best and Worst Life Expectancy: U.S. Comes in at 51st

| by Michael Allen

The next time someone tells you how "evil" and "awful" socialized health care is, you might want to send them this article.

According to the CIA World Factbook, Monaco has the longest life expectancy at an average of 89.68 years, five years higher than any other country.

What's their secret? Monaco has a wealthy population and state-funded socialist health care, reports the Daily Mail.

Other countries with socialist healthcare systems such as Japan, Canada and the UK, each have average life expectancies of over 80 years.

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The country with the shortest life expectancy is Chad, in Africa, at 48.69 years. Chad is right next door to the war-torn country of Sudan and has had to absorb many refugees. People are likely to live the shortest in sub-Saharan Africa, where no country has an average life expectancy of over 60.

Other countries with short life spans include Afghanistan (49.72), Swaziland (49.42), South Africa (49.41) and Guinea-Bissau (49.11).

Even though the U.S. pays more money for health care than any other industrialized nation, it comes in at 51st at 78.49 years, lower than Canada (81.48), which has socialized medicine.