Contributions Of Public Health, Pharmaceuticals, And Other Medical Care To US Life Expectancy Changes, 1990-2015

A new paper in Health Affairs examines changes in life expectancy in the U.S. and finds that life expectancy increased by 3.3 years between 1990 and 2015. 

Interesting enough, the authors examined the sources of these changes in life expectancy, including the impact of public health, pharmaceuticals, and medical care. Forty-four percent of improved life expectancy was attributable to public health, 35 percent was attributable to pharmaceuticals, and 13 percent was attributable to medical care.

While no one organization or sector can address the world’s pressing public health needs, this paper raises the important question on what role does the pharmaceutical Industry play in healthcare today?