The United States spends more than twice as much per capita on healthcare as the average developed country does
August 17, 2015

Total national spending on healthcare in the United States by both the public and private sectors was $2.9 trillion in 2013, or about 17 percent of total economic output (GDP). According to government projections, healthcare expenditures are projected to climb to 25 percent of GDP by 2040. Americans currently pay about twice as much per capita on healthcare as our peers do in other advanced nations, yet our health outcomes are no better. Many health experts believe that we can increase the quality of our care while also reducing our costs.

For more information on this important issue, read the PGPF Fiscal Primer on Healthcare.

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