Socialized medicine, numbers are of the essence?

I don’t know if there is some context to this Bill O’Reilly assertion that Canadian life expectancy is higher because of fewer people, and so fewer absolute fatalities (e.g., he got turned around on the words?). But it got me wondering, how do Canadian provinces relate to American states in terms of life expectancy at birth? It was easy to find male and female life expectancy online from the US and Canadian Census. Below the fold is a dot chart showing the male life expectancies rank ordered. Additionally, there is table (also sorted by male life expectancy) where I’ve bolded Canadian provinces and American states which border Canada. If readers are interested in demographic correlates of mortality, I recommend Eight Americas: Investigating Mortality Disparities across Races, Counties, and Race-Counties in the United States.

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State/Province Life expectancy at birth Male Life expectancy at birth Female
British Columbia 78.0 83.0
Hawaii 77.1 82.5
Ontario 77.0 82.0
Alberta 77.0 82.0
Utah 76.5 80.6
Minnesota 76.5 81.3
Colorado 76.1 80.4
Nova Scotia 76.0 81.0
New Brunswick 76.0 82.0
Quebec 76.0 82.0
Manitoba 76.0 81.0
Saskatchewan 76.0 82.0
New Hampshire 75.9 80.7
Idaho 75.9 80.2
Washington 75.9 80.5
California 75.9 80.6
Vermont 75.8 80.4
North Dakota 75.8 81.7
Iowa 75.8 80.8
Massachusetts 75.8 80.7
Connecticut 75.7 80.8
Nebraska 75.6 80.6
Oregon 75.5 80.0
Rhode Island 75.5 80.3
Wisconsin 75.4 80.5
New York 75.1 80.2
Maine 75.1 80.0
South Dakota 75.0 80.9
Newfoundland and Labrador 75.0 81.0
Prince Edward Island 75.0 82.0
Kansas 74.9 79.8
Wyoming 74.9 79.3
New Jersey 74.8 79.8
Arizona 74.7 80.2
Montana 74.7 80.0
Florida 74.6 80.3
New Mexico 74.4 80.1
Virginia 74.3 79.1
Alaska 74.2 79.1
Texas 74.1 79.2
Pennsylvania 74.0 79.3
Delaware 74.0 78.9
Illinois 73.9 79.2
Michigan 73.9 78.7
Ohio 73.8 78.7
Maryland 73.6 78.8
Indiana 73.4 78.6
Nevada 73.4 78.7
Missouri 73.4 78.7
North Carolina 72.7 78.4
Oklahoma 72.6 77.6
Georgia 72.3 77.8
Kentucky 72.3 77.9
West Virginia 72.3 77.7
Arkansas 72.1 77.9
Tennessee 71.8 77.7
South Carolina 71.6 77.9
Alabama 71.3 77.5
Louisiana 71.2 77.3
Mississippi 70.4 76.7
District of Columbia 68.5 76.1

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