U.S. Health Care: Spending Up, Efficiency Down
A pair of graphs from the Huffington Post and Bloomberg suggest spending and efficiency are not always connected, especially when it comes to heath care in America.
The United States ranked 46th out of 48 countries in a measure of the world’s most efficient health care countries, coming in below Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, China and the Dominican Republic. According to the Bloomberg graph, health care costs make up just over 17 percent of the U.S.’s GDP per capita, and health care costs per capita is over $8,000. This is measured against an average life expectancy of 78.6 years.
The next closest country in terms of GDP per capita is the Netherlands, where a lower 13 percent GDP per capita measures against a higher life expectancy of 81.2 years. The U.S. did finish above Siberia and Brazil, where the average cost of health care per capita is $622 and $1,121.
The Huffington Post’s graph, which pulls its information from the OECD, shows that the U.S. spends “far and away more on health care than any other country.”
From the Huffington Post:
“What bothers me most is not that…we are lower than we should be,” Aaron Carroll, professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine wrote on his blog of the chart. “It’s that we are all alone. We are spending so, so, so much more than everyone else.”