Link between health spending and life expectancy

The scatter chart below shows the relationship between life expectancy and health expenditure for a variety of countries. The x-axis shows life expectancy at birth and the y-axis shows healthcare spend per capita for each year of life expectancy (in 2010 international dollars). Countries are color coded based on their region.

In general, the more countries spend on healthcare the longer their citizens live.  However, the US is a significant outlier. The US spends much more than any other country but its life expectancy is below many. The source article (https://ourworldindata.org/the-link-between-life-expectancy-and-health-spending-us-focus) plots health expenditure per capita on the y-axis (instead of healthcare spend per capita for each year of life expectancy). However, we find that their visualization is not as effective in calling out the US as an outlier.

Scatter plot showing healthcare spending/life expectancy

Scatter plot showing the relationship between health spending and life expectancy

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