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How ’Death Panels’ Can Prolong Life

Average life expectancy is one of two statistics commonly used to compare the health-care systems of different nations. (The other is infant mortality.)

One of the puzzles about the U.S. system is that we spend far and away the most money per capita for health care, but we rank 50th in average life expectancy -- after Macau, Malta, and Turks and Caicos, among others.