CINCINNATI - Americans are apparently getting sicker and dying younger than their international peers.
A new report from the National Research Council Wednesday finds life expectancies in the U.S. are lagging behind 27 other high-income countries. That's despite the fact that Americans spend more per person on healthcare than any other country.
Data from 2007 show Americans' life expectancy is 3.7 years shorter for men compared to the leading nation of Switzerland. It's 5.2 years shorter for women compared to the leading nation of Japan. A likely cause, according to the report, is that Americans know what is good for them, but few act on it.
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