Study: Americans Live Longer Than British

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — There’s good news about getting old in America.

Older Americans may get sicker, but the British die earlier, according to a new study on health care that surveyed both England and the United States.

Researchers at the Rand Corporation and the British Institute for Fiscal Studies found that Americans 55 and older have higher rates of chronic disease, but tend to live longer than the elderly in England.

The study’s authors conclude that while Americans do a poor job at preventing disease, we manage to keep the sick alive longer – but at a price.

The U.S. spends twice as much on health care per person than Britain.

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