Health expenditure around the world

March 18, 2010

Health at a Glance 2009, a report by the OECD, shows that the United States spends more on healthcare than any other country.
Here are some figures on what leading economies spend on health care per capita, both in public and private schemes. The latest figures are from 2007 and are adjusted for purchasing power parity.

United States $7,290 $3,307 $3,982 16.00%
Norway $4,763 $4,005 $758 8.90%
Switzerland $4,417 $2,618 $1,799 10.80%
Luxembourg * $4,162 $3,782 $380 7.30%
Canada $3,895 $2,726 $1,169 10.10%
Netherlands $3,837 $3,126 $711 9.80%
Austria $3,763 $2,875 $888 10.10%
France $3,601 $2,861 $739 11.00%
Belgium $3,595 $2,701 $894 10.20%
Germany $3,588 $2,758 $830 10.40%
Denmark $3,512 $2,968 $545 9.80%
Ireland $3,424 $2,762 $661 7.60%
Sweden $3,323 $2,716 $607 9.10%
Iceland $3,319 $2,739 $580 9.30%
Australia (2006/7) $3,137 $2,124 $1,012 8.70%
United Kingdom $2,992 $2,446 $547 8.40%
OECD Average $2,984 $2,193 $791 8.90%
Finland $2,840 $2,120 $720 8.20%
Greece $2,727 $1,646 $1,081 9.60%
Italy $2,686 $2,056 $630 8.70%
Spain $2,671 $1,917 $753 8.50%
Japan (2006) $2,581 $2,097 $484 8.10%
New Zealand $2,510 $2,010 $500 9.20%
Portugal (2006) $2,150 $1,538 $612 9.90%
Korea $1,688 $927 $761 6.80%
Czech Republic $1,626 $1,385 $241 6.80%
Slovak Republic $1,555 $1,040 $516 7.70%
Hungary $1,388 $980 $408 7.40%
Poland $1,035 $733 $302 6.40%
Mexico $823 $372 $451 5.90%
Turkey (2005) $618 $441 $177 5.70%

* Health expenditure is for the insured population rather than resident population.
Sources: Reuters/OECD Health Data 2009.


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I wish every American would look at this chart. It is hard to argue that government hands-off private coverage is the way to go when we already outspend all other countries and still don’t cover our people as well as all the rest of the world!

Posted by waveonshore | Report as abusive

I am so dismayed that the insurance establishment and AMA always succeed in getting the American people, especially those who need it the most, to vote against their own best interests on this issue. Socialized medicine? We have that, it’s called Medicare. Death panels? We have those to, they are called health insurance companies!

Posted by babelfish | Report as abusive

It isn’t health care reform that the majority of American people are against with this debacle of a health care plan. It is any plan this administration and this congress are forcing on us.

70 percent want this fiasco thrown out and to start over. However, we are being forced into this against our wishes.

The insurance companies are not the blame for Americans rejecting any of this. But you progressives always find another reason why the agenda you support is not supported by the majority of Americans.

Again, no one says health care reform is not important. However, the majority don’t want this debacle from becoming law. Besides, there is no way we can pay for this. And to force everyone to purchase insurance. It just isn’t the American way.

Oh yeah, this is the fundamental transformation of America. Hope you like the end result, because the majority of Americans won’t.

Posted by TyC | Report as abusive

Some people keep talking about this bill as if Americans have no voice in the government. As if, somehow, when our home-town politicians win their elections, they become something different.

WE ALL elected our voices in government. If your personal ideals aren’t part of the majority, that’s too bad – we operate by majority rule.

If your own representative isn’t representing you accurately, complain to THEM. Complaining to a news story comment section won’t get you anywhere. For better or for worse, the majority is in charge, fairly elected by the people.

You want real change? Stop electing the Democratic and Republican parties. Neither of these corporations cares about you; they only care about gaining or retaining power. Vote for Independent candidates only… and help END the Aristocratic Duocracy.

Posted by sethasa | Report as abusive

Commenting on a news story comment section is a method of communication.

Sounds like you are complaining that people actually spend time commenting on stories this web site publishes.

Gee. I didn’t know you knew so much about what everyone does with the remainder of their time when communicating their opinions on the topics Americans find interesting and worthwhile.

Thanks for the feedback.

Posted by TyC | Report as abusive

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Posted by The Singapore Daily » Blog Archive » Daily SG: 22 Mar 2010 | Report as abusive

You also need to remember Sethasa! Politicians don’t exactly tell you the truth! Yes, majority rule is important. But I am pretty sure spending millions of dollars to advertise and ,in BO’s case, just be very good at speaking, we can convince the uneducated, “majority” people to vote in his favor.

Wait! As said by TyC, 70 percent are now against the reform. Well, I think they should change it since majority does rule!

Posted by cj11 | Report as abusive