Increased expenditure on prescription drugs

I realize sometime ago I shouldn’t be surprised to meet patients over 90 on very few or no meds. I just don’t think anyone actually thinks meds is a reflection of good health.
“7.4% increase in expenditure on prescription drugs.” It’s interesting that these figures seems to meet certain expectations of rate of capital concentration. “The average annual return of S&P 500 since adopting 500 stocks into the index in 1957 through 2018 is roughly 8% (7.96%).
Does higher prescription expenditure correlate with sickness or wellness or neither? Anyone compared these for different countries?
What’s the healthcare and prescription expenditure of “Blue Zone”? The five blue zones are as follows:
The Italian island of Sardinia; Okinawa, Japan; Loma Linda, California; Costa Rica’s isolated Nicoya Peninsula; Ikaria, an isolated Greek island.
What accounts for these increase in spending? More scripts, more expensive scripts or something else?

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