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Posted: Monday, December 16, 2013 10:59 am | Updated: 11:02 am, Mon Dec 16, 2013.

Healthcare spending is more efficient in lengthening the life expectancy of men than women, according to a new study from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

A study of healthcare spending in 27 industrialized nations found a gender gap in the results of healthcare spending. Researchers found life expectancy of women rose from 75.5 years to 79.8 years between 1991 and 2007, and the life expectancy of men rose from 72.5 years to 77.1. They also found 100 dollars of healthcare spending in the United States was associated with a .04 month increase in life expectancy in women, but a .70 month rise in life expectancy of men. The United States was ranked 25th out of 27 nations in reducing women’s death.

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