Covid-19 and drug overdoses led to a second straight year of worsening life expectancy in the US - its lowest in 25 years, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control.
As per the 2021 data, Americans are expected to live 76.4 years, down from a peak of 78.8 years in 2019. It also shows the US continues to rank lowest among countries with large economies. Life expectancy in the US remains lower than the UK, where the average is 80.8 years. It is also lower than neighbouring Canada, where life expectancy as of 2020 is 81.75 years. he US spends the highest amount of money on healthcare. Per capita, the US pays $12,318 (£10,217), while the UK spends $5,387. Canada's healthcare spending, in comparison, sits at $5,511 per capita.
Heart disease remains the leading cause of death, followed by cancer and Covid.