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Health Care in the US – Where’s the Money Going?

August 8, 2013
Sleeping in her car hoping to see a doctor at Rural Area Medical, Wise County, VA. Do you and your family do this for a doctor's appointment? Would you do it if it were the only doctor you could see once a year?

Sleeping in her car hoping to see a doctor at Rural Area Medical, Wise County, VA. Do you and your family do this for a doctor’s appointment? Would you do it if it were the only doctor you could see once a year?

Was doing a bit of research yesterday and pulled these numbers from the World Health Organization. This probably isn’t news to anyone but I like looking at numbers and find this really interesting.

Current statistics from the WHO rank the United States at 34th for Life Expectancy with Sweden ranking 1st. The United States currently spends 17.9% of its GDP on health whereas Sweden spends 9.4% and its citizens enjoy universal health care. Americans are paying more and receiving less as 50 million Americans have no health insurance. And look at Cuba whose constitution states all citizens have a right to health care. You go, Cuba!

What’s wrong with you America?

Country Life Expectancy(M/F) % of GDP spent on Health
Quatar      (83/81)                 1.9%
Mexico      (72/78)                 6.2%
Israel      (80/84)                 7.7%
Australia      (80/84)                 9.0%
Sweden      (80/84)                 9.4%
Japan      (79/86)                 9.3%
UK      (79/82)                 9.3%
Cuba      (76/80)               10.0%
Germany      (78/83)               11.1%
Canada      (80/84)               11.2%
France      (78/85)               11.6%
USA      (76/81)               17.9%
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