Thursday, August 29, 2013

Kavitha A. Davidson — The Most Efficient Healthcare Systems In The World (INFOGRAPHICS)

The Huffington Post
The Most Efficient Healthcare Systems In The World (INFOGRAPHICS)
Kavitha A. Davidson
It's remarkable how low America places in healthcare efficiency: among the 48 countries included in the Bloomberg study, the U.S. ranks 46th, outpacing just Serbia and Brazil. Once that sinks in, try this one on for size: the U.S. ranks worse than China, Algeria, and Iran.
But the sheer numbers are really what's humbling about this list: the U.S. ranks second in healthcare cost per capita ($8,608), only to be outspent by Switzerland ($9,121) -- which, for the record, boasts a top-10 healthcare system in terms of efficiency. Furthermore, the U.S. is tops in terms of healthcare cost relative to GDP, with 17.2 percent of the country's wealth spent on medical care for every American. 
In other words, the world's richest country spends more of its money on healthcare while getting less than almost every other nation in return.

1 comment:

Ignacio said...

I bet Spain's score will increase even more with all the cuts while maintaining a 'decent' quality (not as good as it would be without cuts unfortunately). Glad we are doing something right, unfortunately at the expense of the healthcare professionals sanity and well-being as the resources are more scarce.

There has been also a big push to privatize the administration, it can work fine in some cases but is specially worrying that the contract may be given to some foreign corporate moron without knowledge of how the system currently works.

On the other side the public healthcare system is of such importance to most Spaniards that dismantling it is outside of the question for any non-suicidal political party (including the conservatives).