Your Health Care System in Graphics
I've already praised David Leonhardt's article on health care rationing. Now I want to praise the graphic that accompanied it.
As the graphic suggests, there are some conditions where the American health care system does a very good job. Some conditions where it does a mediocre job. And some conditions where it does a bad job. The average person suffering from average diseases would not have a strong reason to prefer being insured in America, France or Japan.
But that person would have an extremely strong reason to prefer paying for health care in France or Japan. Health care in America costs nearly twice as much per person as it does in other developed nations. In general, we'd expect a good that cost twice as much as another good to be quite a bit better. But there's no real evidence of that in American health care. In fact, for a lot of us -- notably, the un- and underinsured -- it's quite a bit worse.
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