Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither, and lose both.
-- Benjamin Franklin

What do these 49 countries have in common:

  • Macau
  • Andorra
  • Japan
  • Singapore
  • San Marino
  • Hong Kong
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • France
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Guernsey
  • Israel
  • Iceland
  • Anguilla
  • Cayman Islands
  • Bermuda
  • New Zealand
  • Italy
  • Gibraltar
  • Monaco
  • Liechtenstein
  • Spain
  • Norway
  • Jersey
  • Greece
  • Austria
  • Faroe Islands
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Luxembourg
  • Germany
  • Belgium
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Virgin Islands
  • United Kingdom
  • Finland
  • Jordan
  • Isle of Man
  • Korea, South
  • European Union
  • Puerto Rico
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Saint Helena
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Ireland
  • Portugal
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • Answer: According to the CIA World Factbook they all have a higher life expectancy at birth than the United States.

    By comparison, here are the top 25 countries by per capita spending on health care in US dollars:

    # 1 United States: 4,271
    # 2 Switzerland: 3,857
    # 3 Norway: 3,182
    # 4 Denmark: 2,785
    # 5 Luxembourg: 2,731
    # 6 Iceland: 2,701
    # 7 Germany: 2,697
    # 8 France: 2,288
    # 9 Japan: 2,243
    # 10 Netherlands: 2,173
    # 11 Sweden: 2,145
    # 12 Belgium: 2,137
    # 13 Austria: 2,121
    # 14 Canada: 1,939
    # 15 Australia: 1,714
    # 16 Finland: 1,704
    # 17 Italy: 1,676
    # 18 United Kingdom: 1,675
    # 19 Israel: 1,607
    # 20 Ireland: 1,569
    # 21 United Arab Emirates: 1,428
    # 22 New Zealand: 1,163
    # 23 Spain: 1,043
    # 24 Greece: 965
    # 25 Portugal: 859

    Glad we’re getting our money’s worth.

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