U.S. Spends More on on Healthcare With Worse Results

The Hill: “The United States spends far more per person on healthcare than other wealthy countries, but often has worse health outcomes, according to a new report.”

“The report from the Commonwealth Fund, a health research group, reinforces a critique that reformers have long pointed out about the U.S. health system.”

“The study finds that the U.S. spent $9,086 per person on healthcare in 2013. In a comparison group of 12 other wealthy countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada and France, the next closest country to the U.S. was Switzerland, which spends about $6,325 per person.”

“U.S. healthcare spending is also much larger when measured as a share of the economy. Healthcare spending is 17.1 percent of the U.S. economy, compared to 11.6 percent for France, in second place.”

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But: “Life expectancy in the U.S., at 78.8 years, is a few years lower than that in all 12 other countries. The U.S. also has by far the highest percentage of people 65 or older with two or more chronic conditions, at 68 percent.”


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