Notice I didn't argue price. The system we have in place currently is absurdly expensive when it doesn't need to be. In my opinion, if the AMA didn't have the strangle hold over medicine and licensing that it does, then the insurance companies would be able to inflate prices so much. Then with some decent tort reform to address lawsuits and cross county and state-line exchanges, there would be much more care and for much cheaper prices. Only problem is that the damn lobbyists for all three own congress...
But correct me if I'm wrong, I've always read that the Average Life Expectancy factors in Infant Mortality rates. The US is one of the few countries that "starts the clock" immediately upon birth while most countries wait hours and, in some cases, days to count them. That artificially inflates the IMR which should impact the ALE. My whole point is that while we do pay too much, the care is actually quite good.