Graph of the Day: New OECD Data on Health

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released their annual updates to their comparison tables on health.  How does the United States rank?  About the same as last year- pretty badly.  They have a nice graph, below, showing the share of GDP that health care makes up.  The United States spends more money than any other country on health care, and as you can see here, we spend a much higher proportion of our gross domestic product.  NPR has the story.

Some of the highlights include we do very well in cancer treatment.  Survival rates after diagnosis are significantly higher than the national average.  Unfortunately, primary care is not fairing well.  Preventable hospital readmissions due to diabetes and asthma are twice the average.  We rank poorly in life expectancy and infant mortality and have the highest rate of obesity.

While Republicans Senators have spent their time in the Senate for the last two weeks telling us the federal government spends too much on health care, they may want to know that we were tied with Mexico for spending the least public dollars per a person of any OECD nation.

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