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Health expenditure as a percentage of GDP

  1. Nancy E. Sutton
    April 3, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    And how much of US $ goes to insurance overhead and profit… let’s see that # !

  2. Yoshinori Shiozawa
    April 4, 2020 at 2:10 am

    The figures show how inefficient the U.S. health system is. Are there no big names who have studied this point and questioned it? The U.S. has now the biggest number of COVID-19 cases and will have the biggest number of death toll among developed countries.

    • April 4, 2020 at 12:38 pm

      Big names are a big part of the problems humanity faces.

      • Econoclast
        April 4, 2020 at 8:34 pm

        “Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely; almost all great men are bad men.”
        — Lord John Emrich Edward Dalberg Acton, First Baron (late 19th century British historian)

  3. April 6, 2020 at 11:37 am

    The expenditure given include both private and public expenditure as far as I know. That the US have a VERY inefficient health care system is well known but it can only be made clear by looking also at outcomes such as Infant mortality rate or life expectancy alla available from OECD health statistics.
    Why such inefficiency. Well then you have to look at the organization of health systems not just the stats. In countries with high private provision a lot of the expenditure goes to insurance companies, lawyers for litigation, profits of health care companies and of insurance companies and pharmaceuticals etc.
    Apart from these GROSS inefficiencies, systems that rely heavily on private provision and insurance cannot be expected to cope with PUBLIC health issues like Covid19. If the poor people get it – and they are more likely for many reasons including overcrowding habitations – the rich may also get Covid.
    I hope that once we emerge from this nightmare the message becomes clearer: anything to do with health care MUST be in public provision and accessible to all in order to protect us all and achieve efficiencies.

  4. Ken Zimmerman
    April 16, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    Investigative journalist David Cay Johnston writes today, “The Trump-Kushner family and 43,000 more landlord families stand to gain $1.6 million each from the law that gives you a $1,200 or less relief check — my latest @rawstory and @DCReportMedia” In this context why should we expect American health care to be either efficient or effective? I’d say right now the system is on life support with little time left for recovery.

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