Despite spending the most money in the world on healthcare, the US ranks below China, Latvia and Mauritius in terms of women’s health.
According to data from Hologic, which surveyed 127,000 people in 122 countries, countries with higher incomes and higher health care spending per capita generally score higher on women’s health, including longer life expectancy.
“However, the US remains a well-documented exception,” the report warns.
For example, the country spends almost twice as much as the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) average on healthcare, but has a lower life expectancy.
Life expectancy at birth in the United States has been declining since 2020. Although it varies based on age, gender, race, ethnicity, and even what state the person lives in, life expectancy in the US is currently around 76 years. This is the lowest estimate since 1996.
By comparison, other countries that funneled money back into their health systems scored higher on the health index. Austria with a life expectancy of 81 years scored 67 in the survey, meanwhile, Switzerland scored 66 and has a life expectancy of 83 years. Taiwan leads the list with a score of 70 and a life expectancy of 81 years.
The US spends more on healthcare than any other country in the world, yet ranks 23rd with an overall score of 61.
Nearly one in four women in America can’t afford food
According to the data, women’s ability to meet their basic needs – such as access to food – has fallen globally. Also, women were more likely than men to say they didn’t have enough money to afford food.
In general, concerns about food and shelter are relatively non-existent in high-income economies.
But again, the exception to this rule is the US. is in
The survey asked respondents: Has there ever been a time in the past 12 months when you did not have enough money to buy food that you or your family needed? And, has there been a time in the past 12 months when you did not have enough money to provide adequate shelter or housing for yourself and your family?
In Sweden and Singapore, only a minority of women answered “yes” to both questions — in the “low single digits,” according to the report.
Yet across states, 23% of women said they could not afford multiple meals in 2021.
Women’s emotional health is also declining
Despite expectations that the COVID-19 pandemic may level the playing field for women, the survey shows that women’s health is worse than during the pandemic, when there were disruptions to essential health services.
Globally, the index shows that most women’s health conditions did not improve in 2021 and many women’s health conditions had already weakened.
Around the world, as women struggle more to afford basics and feel less safe – by 2021, nearly 1 billion women will not feel safe walking alone at night no matter where they live – their emotional health Affected.
As a result, women in 2021 were more stressed, anxious, angry and sad than in 2020 – or at any time in the last decade.
In 2021, more than four in 10 women said they experienced anxiety (43%) and stress (41%) during much of the day, almost one in three experienced sadness (32%), and one in four One in five experienced anger (26%) – all record levels. Stress, anxiety and anger each increased by three percentage points within a year, while sadness in particular increased by six points.
Of course, women aren’t the only ones to feel stressed or negative. However, the gap between reporting men and women is widening, with at least five points separating them on anger and sadness. Women are also significantly more likely than men to suffer from severe stress and anxiety.
The report states that “the future for women will be better when more women do not experience anxiety, sadness, stress or anger on a typical day. Currently, these figures are at new highs, and reducing the incidence of these negative emotions is a greater challenge today than in 2020.”
“Understanding how women are feeling – and how it differs from men – is important for tailoring strategies to improve women’s emotional well-being,” it says.
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