Americans spend over twice as much per capita on healthcare as the average developed country
November 01, 2013
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SOURCE: OECD, OECD Health Statistics 2013, November 2013. Compiled by PGPF.
NOTE: Per capita health expenditures are for the year 2011, except Japan and Australia, for which 2010 data are the latest available. Data adjusts exchange rates to account for cost of living differences between countries.

Total national spending on healthcare in the United States by both the public and private sectors was $2.7 trillion in 2011, or about 17 percent of total economic output (GDP). According to government projections, healthcare expenditures are projected to climb to 22 percent of GDP by 2038. 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.

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