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Blog 18 January, 2021 Back

10 HEALTH FACTS that may surprise you

Becky Malcolm

  • Health expenditure growth is outpacing inflation in most countries. It accounts for 18% of GDP in the United States.
  • Air pollution costs the world more than US$5 trillion from decreased productivity every year.
  • In 2019 New York City spent US$6 million responding to a completely preventable measles outbreak.
  • 30 years ago, polio was endemic in 125 countries, today there are 99.9% fewer cases, and it is only present in 3 countries.
  • 33 years is the widest gap in life expectancy between countries.
  • In Singapore life expectancy has increased but people are spending more of their lives in sickness.
  • US life expectancy declined in 2017 for the 3rd year in a row – the longest sustained drop for a century.
  • More people around the world have mobile phones than have access to a flushing toilet.
  • Nearly half of the world’s population lives in countries where there are 100,000 people for every psychiatrist.
  • The UK NHS has an estimated 94,000 unfilled vacancies in hospital and community services — almost 8% of its total workforce.

Source: World Economic Forum Risk Report 2020 & Forbes Magazine