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Shocking News - The U.S. Spends More on Healthcare per Capita Than Anywhere in the World

Posted on August 08, 2019 by Medtech[y] Staff


The U.S. spends more per capita on healthcare than any other nation on earth. I'm sure you've never heard that one before. Just kidding, unless you've been living without the internet or cable for the last 30 years you had undoubtedly heard something of the sort.

A recent Forbes article referenced OECD data, which states that the U.S. spent $10,586 on healthcare per capita in 2018, nearly double Sweden's $5,447. Now, with investment like that, one would reasonably expect U.S. life expectancy to be significantly longer than other nations studied?

Well, no. Not even close.

The article went on to reference data from the World Bank, which states that the U.S. had a life expectancy of 78.69 years in 2016 while Sweden's was higher at 82.20 years.

Not the best look for our healthcare system. It's clearly broken and a lot of people know it. Do they know what to do to fix it? The answer there is an unequivocal no.

Source: How U.S. Healthcare Spending Per Capita Compares With Other Countries [Infographic]