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posted on 23 March 2017

The U.S. Has The Most Expensive Healthcare System In The World


-- this post authored by Felix Richter

If the American Healthcare Act, President Trump's first major legislative effort, is going to a vote in the House of Representatives after being delayed Thursday, it is by no means clear that it will receive the 215 votes it needs for passage. When the Republican healthcare plan was first presented to the public on March 6, it left people from both sides of the political spectrum dissatisfied. While Democrats fear that the suggested bill, which would repeal large portions of Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, would leave millions of Americans uninsured and hurt the poor and vulnerable, many Republicans think it doesn't go far enough in erasing all traces of Obamacare.

For many years now, the American healthcare system has been flawed. As our chart illustrates, U.S. health spending per capita (including public and private spending) is higher than it is anywhere else in the world, and yet, the country lags behind other nations in several aspects such as life expectancy and health insurance coverage.

This chart shows health spending (public and private) per capita in selected countries.

Infographic: The U.S. Has the Most Expensive Healthcare System in the World | Statista You will find more statistics at Statista.

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