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How much does the U.S. spend per person on health care compared to the average of the other industrialized countries?

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The U.S. spent $6,102 per person on medical care in 2004 – 15.3% of our GDP. That’s more than double the $2,552 median of the 30 OECD countries.

So why are our health outcomes among the worst in the industrialized world, even as our medical costs continue to escalate?

For one thing, our health care system can only repair our bodies. The sicker people are to begin with, the greater the strains placed on our health care system.


2007 United Nations Human Development Report, based on 2004 WHO data.

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