PBS presents a very nice overview of the heath care systems in Japan, United Kingdom, Germany, Taiwan and Switzerland in: Sick Around the World. It is a just a surface view of the overall system but even so does a good job of providing more understanding of the options available to fix the failed system in the USA. The US system costs over 50% more than others and has worse outcome measures than the alternatives (and leaves many without any coverage). And while the alternatives are not perfect the defenders of the status quo make claims about the alternatives are not accurate.
Table combines data from my previous post, International Health Care System Performance, and the PBS website:
|National health spending – Percent of GDP||9.5%||9.8%||10.7%||8.0%||9.2%||9.0%||11.6%||6.3%||8.3%||16.0%|
Switzerland, spending 11.6% of GDP on health care, is the 2nd most expensive in the world.
Related: USA Spent $2.1 Trillion on Health Care in 2006 – Measuring the Health of Nations (USA ranks 19th of 19 nations studied) – Drug Prices in the USA – USA Health Care Costs 16% of GDP (2006) – Deadly Diseases of Western Management – 5 Million Lives Campaign