amazing facts

amazing facts

A four-hour documentary
series exploring our
socio-economic and
racial inequities in health
Airing four consecutive
Thursdays, March 27
to April 17, 2008

Amazing Facts

(check local listings)

✔ U.S. businesses lose more than $1 trillion a year in productivity due to chronic illness.
✔ Per person, the U.S. spends more than twice the average of other industrialized

countries on health care - 16% of our GDP in 2006 - yet has some of the worst health
outcomes: worse than 28 other countries in life expectancy (including Jordan) and 29
other countries in infant mortality (including Slovenia).

✔ The U.S. child poverty rate (21.9%) is five times that of Sweden (4.2%). It’s not

surprising that, when it comes to social spending, the figures are reversed: Sweden
allocates 18% of its GDP to social spending while the U.S. allocates only 4%.

✔ People in the highest income group can expect to live, on average, at least six and a

half years longer than those in the lowest. Even those in the middle (families of four
making $41,300 to $82,600 a year in 2007) will die, on average, two years sooner
than those at the top.

✔ Low-income adults are 50% more likely to suffer heart disease than top earners.
Those second from the top are almost 20% more likely than those at the top.

✔ College graduates can expect to live at least five years longer than those who have
not finished high school, and almost two years longer than those who didn’t finish

✔ Children living in poverty are about seven times as likely to be in poor or fair health
than children living in high-income households. Middle class children are twice as
likely to be in poor or fair health than those at the top.

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Produced by California Newsreel with Vital Pictures • Presented by the National Minority Consortia of public television

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