High cost of health­care does not in­crease life ex­pectancy

The Guardian Weekly - - International news - Mona Cha­l­abi

Health­care in Amer­ica is more ex­pen­sive than in any other wealthy coun­try. In 2016, the av­er­age Amer­i­can spent $4,571 on their health – five times more than the av­er­age out-of-pocket spend­ing of other coun­tries in the Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion and Devel­op­ment (OECD).

To­tal health spend­ing last year, in­clud­ing pri­vate out-of-pocket and gov­ern­ment spend­ing, was $8,985 per per­son in the US while the OECD av­er­age was just $3,633. Yet life ex­pectancy of the av­er­age Amer­i­can is 78.8 years, putting the US a frac­tion ahead of the Czech Repub­lic, where out-of-pocket spend­ing was $236 last year.

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