AMERICA: LIFE EXPECTANCY BETWEEN WEALTHY and NOT SO WEALTHY

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According to a new report published by the Journal of the American Medicine Association (JAMA), the gap in life expectancy between the “rich” and the “not so rich” in America is growing wider.

The report states:
1) The wealthiest men outlive the poorest by nearly fifteen years.

2) The average lifespans of men and women in the United States in the top 5 percent income group went up by over two years between 2001 and 2014.

3) The bottom 5 percent income bracket, life expectancy almost stagnated.

4) Between 2001 and 2014, life expectancy increased by 2.3 years for men and 2.9 years for women in the top 5 percent of the income distribution, but increased by only 0.3 years for men and 0.04 years for women in the bottom 5 percent.

5) In the top 1 percent, American men and women outlived the bottom 1 percent by about 14 and 10 years
respectively.

6) Low-income Americans residing in Nevada, Indiana and Oklahoma, have life expectancy which is below 80 years, while California, New York and Vermont offer the longest low-income life expectancy at 80.6 years.

The researchers said they hoped their study would help the government to make a better public health policy and narrow the life expectancy gap between the rich and poor.

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