The U.S. Healthcare Money Pit

Comparing U.S. healthcare spending per capita with that of other rich countries in terms of life expectancy. It’s wildly anomalous, and not in a pretty way.

via America’s inefficient health-care system: another look « Consider the Evidence.

Some related musings here from Stuart Saniford on the increasing cost of survival.


  1. As someone who grew up on the US and now living (with family) in Europe, I feel I have the ability to fairly evaluate the pros and cons of these different systems. To cut it short, I believe that the US is subsidizing the rest of the world on prescriptions (national systems generally on allow generic drugs, so the value of new drugs is born in the US and the rest of the world benefits after the fact) and doctors and medical professionals in Europe work in the field for reasons other than money. Doctors generally make about the same as teachers…

  2. ndmaster says:

    um, our diet?

  3. Anthony says:

    If doctors in the US were paid the same as teachers, we would have no doctors. The expense and length of the training would never justify that kind of pay. However, what we are seeing is a slow replacement of primary care physicians with lower-paid advanced practice nurses and physician assistants. Specialists however remain expensive. As long as the American populace believes that access to world-class, state-of-the-art medical care is a "right" regardless of ability to pay for it – we will continue to have a health-care cost crisis.

  4. Keith Piccirillo says:

    One link to consider: make trans fats illegal as they do in Europe.


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