The United States Continues to Outspend All Other
Countries on Health Care (Exhibits 1, 2, and 3)
In 2008, health care spending in the U.S. reached $7,538 per capita—far more than in any other country studied and more than double the OECD median of $2,995. Health care spending in the next-highest spending countries—Norway and
Switzerland—was less than two-thirds as much per
capita ($5,003 and $4,627, respectively). In all but
two of the remaining eight countries, spending per
capita was less than half the U.S. figure, and in New
Zealand it was close to one-third ($2,683).
The U.S. spent 16 percent of its GDP on health
care. This proportion was nearly double the OECD
median (8.7%) and over 40 percent more than the
country spending the second-largest share of GDP
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