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Rise in US spending on healthcare in 2009 was twice that in UK

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 09 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3274
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

Higher prices, more readily accessible technology, and greater levels of obesity are probably the main reasons why the United States spends far more on healthcare than do other developed countries. The analysis was contained in a briefing paper prepared by the charity the Commonwealth Fund.1

The higher rate of spending cannot be attributed to higher income, an older population, or a greater supply and use of hospitals and doctors, wrote David Squires, the paper’s author.

His analysis drew on data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and from Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, …

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