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Posted by sinkingfeeling in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Jul 30th 2009, 02:14 PM


From this site: http://healthcarevoices.org/news/articles/... /

And there's some great stuff here: http://healthcarevoices.org/news/articles/... /


I have a pdf copy of the entire report, "Hidden Costs of Health Care Report", but don't know where I got it.


Edited: Found this as well: http://seekingalpha.com/article/146992-com...

In 2007, the total spending for health care accounted for 16% of the country’s GDP, the highest share among the OECD and almost double the OECD average
On a per capita basis also the U.S. spent the highest with a total of $7,290 which is two-and-half times the OECD average
The public share of health care expenditure in the USA (45%) is less than any other OECD country
Despite spending the most, the U.S. provides health care coverage for only the elderly, disabled and some of the poor people
In comparison, the same amount is enough to provide universal health care insurance by the government for all citizens in other OECD countries


Great stuff about the report (costs $108 for the real report) is here: http://www.docstoc.com/docs/8092034/OECD-H...
35% of total health care expenditures is done by private health insurance which is the highest In OCED
Despite the high medical expenditure,there are fewer doctors per capita in the U.S. than most other OECD countries
Life expectancy in the U.S. is lower when compared with Japan,Switzerland, Canada and Australia
Infant morality rates in the U.S. is higher than most OECD countries. In 2006, it was 6.7 per live births relative to OECD average of 4.7
The proportion of daily smokers has fallen the most (> 50%) between 1980 and 2007 in the U.S. due to public awareness and high taxation
Obesity rate among adults is the highest in the U.S. in the OECD countries at 34.3% in 2006. Higher obesity rates leads to higher health care spending in the future
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