U.S. Pays Most for Healthcare of Any Industrialized Nation … But Ranks Worst for Healthcare

According to Some Metrics …

The Commonwealth Fund reported last year:

The United States health care system is the most expensive in the world, but this report and prior editions consistently show the U.S. underperforms relative to other countries on most dimensions of performance. Among the 11 nations studied in this report—Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States—the U.S. ranks last, as it did in the 2010, 2007, 2006, and 2004 editions of Mirror, Mirror. Most troubling, the U.S. fails to achieve better health outcomes than the other countries, and as shown in the earlier editions, the U.S. is last or near last on dimensions of access, efficiency, and equity. In this edition of Mirror, Mirror, the United Kingdom ranks first, followed closely by Switzerland

While UK residents averaged $3,405 per year on healthcare costs (the second-lowest, trailing only New Zealand), Americans paid $8,508 per year. And yet Commonwealth ranked the UK as number 1 for healthcare, and the U.S. dead last … 11th out of 11 industrialized nations.

Of course, Commonwealth’s main complaints with U.S. healthcare are access, efficiency and equity:

  Overall health care ranking

In other words, America’s extreme inequality – and lack of socialized medicine – means that healthcare is only good for those who have enough cash to pay for it.

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  • Hp B
    • Eileen Kuch

      The expression on this researcher’s face is absolutely priceless. Bravo, Paul! And, Faux Noise has the gall to shout out to the rest of the world, “We’re #1!!”? Your comment is much closer to the truth at the USSA being rated 37th in health care.
      Get that, Faux Noise? In health care, we do NOT rate #1; we rate #37!

      • Hp B

        This was a couple years ago.
        I’d have to believe we’ve hit # 40 by now..

        We pay about the same taxes as the (boogey man) socialists do and what do we get for it? Yeah, war..

        • Eileen Kuch


  • ClubToTheHead

    The thing that’s most healthy about the US healthcare system is the medical corporation’s profit margins.

    Healthy people who can find work can might be able to afford to pay insurance and sick people who can’t afford to pay might still be able to scrape together enough money for a cremation.

    • Pravda01

      A simple operation (removal of appendix) can cost you in US between 15.000->100.000 Dollar – Europe is much less between 900-1500.

      I also wouldn’t trust Doctors who are profit oriented.

  • Jon Reid

    Thanks Obummer care!

    • Pastor Kimberly A Rapczak

      Jon–This has been a long standing problem, and has not just begun since the passage of the Affordable Health Care Act. What the act does is give more people the ability to have health insurance. Had the single payer option not been killed, we might have had a better ranking—-at least in terms of cost.

      • Jon Reid

        If we could stop these needless wars and meddling in everyone’s business, we would actually have enough to purchase everyone free healthcare.

        • Pastor Kimberly A Rapczak

          You aren’t going to get any argument from me on that point, Jon!

          • Adam_Irae

            US Military budget: 5 % of GDP. European average, 1,5 %. US healthcare spending 18 % of GDP. European average, 9 %.

            US Government spending on healthcare; 9 % of GDP. Medicare, Medicaid, VHA etc.
            You already spend more per person on covering 28 % of the population than European nations use on covering 100%. You don’t need to save money anywhere. You’re spending more than necessary as it is.

      • ruckndl

        Pastor Rapczak: Our system is such that we cannot have a national health plan until we have it in at least one state. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis said in the 1930s, ” The States are the laboratories of democracy”. That state has to show other politicians that it is possible to survive by supporting it; also that it saves money. That’s the significance of what SPANOhio (.org) is trying to do.

  • kimyo

    the war on cholesterol, a post mortem: $99 gabillion spent, primarily to line the pockets of bigag/bigpharma, not one single health outcome improved*. (<a href="http://time.com/3705734/cholesterol-dietary-guidelines/&quot;)'Cholesterol Is Not a ‘Nutrient of Concern')

    listing calories/cholesterol on foods is the largest waste of time/cash ever, in terms of our various health ‘initiatives’.

    *in fact, the last 50 years spent convincing the world to eat low/no-cholesterol foods is likely tied to increasing levels of diseases including diabetes, obesity, arthritis, schizophrenia, polycystic ovarian syndrome and beyond.

    how is this not front page news everywhere? how long will every single supermarket aisle scream ‘cholesterol-free’?

  • isnamthere

    Tell it to fox news. Those idiots are still claiming “We’re #1 !” in everything, and people are coming n droves to america for our renown healthcare.

  • Hp B
  • John

    I have had the same provider for the last 12 years. I have payed over 120,000 in that time to the provider and used it twice for minor in office treatment. The most recent cost 650.00 which I had to pay an annual deductible of 320.00 I received a second bill which was 450.00 which I payed a deductible of 350.00 of the bill. WHAT AM I PAYING 1000.00 A MONTH FOR ? It took 4 calls to get into a doctor that would take new patients and the day after I had the procedure done I received a call from the same doctor to set up an appointment for the procedure he just did the day before,,,didn’t even remember me.
    Yeah America we’re a ship of fools, but we are ball less and gut less when it comes to fighting our masters so keep on enjoying our “wonderful” bought and payed for government and healthcare system.

  • abinico

    Health care? Huh? doctors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. – doctors kill over 200,000 patients yearly – I think that works out to be one every about 7 minutes.

  • june

    I don’t use american healthcare and don’t pay for it either

  • HAC NY

    The USA healthcare system is substandard in basics–the medical community knows that a lack of proper nutrition can be responsible for a variety of ailments, yet most medical labs do not test for the vitamins and minerals that people need, what the RDA requirements are loosely based on. In NY’s tri-state area, only about two labs test for nutritional deficiencies.