Everything you need to know about U.S. health, in 8 charts and 3 paragraphs

A child born in 2010 could expect to live 78.7 years (76.2 years if he’s male, 81 years if she’s female), nearly two full years more than just a decade earlier, according to a new report released Wednesday by the U.S. government.

Spending on health care nearly doubled in about the same time, surging from $4,128 per person in 2000 to $7,326 in 2011 as the population continued to age, according to the report by the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Overall, Americans spent $2.3 trillion on health care in 2011, up from $1.2 trillion in 2000.

The voluminous report amounts to a snapshot of the nation’s health circa 2013, if such a thing is possible. And while I know you are even now rushing to download the entire 520-page study, I have saved you considerable time and trouble by picking out the bits I found interesting. In chart form, no less. (You’re welcome.)

Those life expectancy stats:



Deaths from heart disease, cancer and stroke are way down. But deaths from Alzheimer’s disease and suicide (not shown) are up:


Obesity is worse:


But motor vehicle deaths among young drivers have declined substantially:


Half the population takes at least one prescription drug:


For a wide variety of ailments:


But fewer are smoking:


And if you need a doctor, it’s much better to live in Massachusetts than in Idaho:

Lenny Bernstein writes the To Your Health blog. He started as an editor on the Post’s National Desk in 2000 and has worked in Metro and Sports.
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