US gets least for healthcare spending; Netherlands the most

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 25 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3406
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

    The US continues to spend more on health care and gets less for it than other industrialised countries in the latest side by side comparisons issued by health research charity, the Commonwealth Fund.

    US citizens spent $7290 (£4925; €5890) per person on health care in 2007 (16% of GDP) and ranked last on the cumulative measures rated. The Netherlands had the highest overall health index and spent only about half that amount per person ($3837, 9.8% GDP).

    Infant mortality was substantially higher in the US (6.7 per 1000 births) compared with the leading country Germany (3.8). The US also struggled with 110 per 100 000 deaths that could have …

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