European Health Systems: Still Better
I've been thinking a lot about European health care systems for an upcoming article (exciting teaser right? Stay tuned!), but I can't resist sharing this graph. You frequently hear that America might spend a uniquely large amount on health care, but the unchecked growth of spending is an international dilemma. The insinuation is that a European-style fix, if indeed one were possible, would not in fact solve the problem. It would just delay it. This graph from the Commonwealth Fund, however, calls that into question:
As you can see, it's true that everyone is experiencing spending growth. But America's growth is uniquely rapid. Our system is, in other words, uniquely broken.
(Graph source: Commonwealth Fund.)
May 20, 2009; 3:32 PM ET
Categories: Charts and Graphs , International Health Care
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