Thursday, April 28, 2011

US health care is even more screwed up than you realized

I really thought I'd heard it all when it came to the many failings of the US health care system. You know the drill: we spend way more on health care than anyone else, health care spending is increasing at an unsustainable rate, and American health outcomes are generally worse than most other Western nations.

But the third chart in this Ezra Klein post is truly astounding:



Look closely at the chart. The US is currently spending proportionally more public money on health care than, among others, Norway, the UK, and Canada.

All three countries provide universal, free health care. Someone's getting ripped off here, and I don't think it's the Canadians.

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