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US Healthcare: Most Expensive and Worst Performing

US Healthcare

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  • Compared to 11 other nations studied in a new Commonwealth Fund report, the US ranks last in health care
  • American health care is the most expensive in the world, with 17.7 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) spent on health care (Australia, for comparison, spends only 8.9 percent)
  • Per capita health expenditures in the US were more than $8,500 in 2011… more than double the $3,405 per capita spent in the UK, which ranked first in the report
  • The US ranks last overall on measures of healthy lives, with poor scores on mortality amenable to medical care, infant mortality, and healthy life expectancy at age 60
  • Despite its high cost, the report concluded “The claim that the United States has ‘the best health care system in the world’ is clearly not true”

By Dr. Mercola

American health care is the most expensive in the world, with 17.7 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) spent on healthcare. This is significantly more than other developed countries. Australia, for comparison, which spends the least, spends only 8.9 percent.


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