The State of Healthcare in the United States

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The healthcare system in the United States:

  • Most expensive, both as a % of GDP and per- capita, health care system in the OECD
    • 17% of GDP in 2015 (18% in 2016). OECD Median (excluding US) is 9%
    • $10,000 per capita (2016). This is more than double the OECD average and > $1,000 more than the next most expensive (Switzerland)

  • Worst performing health care system by outcomes. Particularly:
    • Life expectancy
    • Diabetes
    • Ischemic heart disease
    • All other chronic disease management
    • (Cancer care is the one area in which US system is slightly ahead of OECD peers in outcomes)

  • Worst performing health care system by patient satisfaction
    • Citizens of all other OECD countries report high satisfaction with their health care system
    • US Citizen satisfaction with our health care system is low

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