Some updated facts about health care: It’s very rare to see Dean Baker praising Robert Samuelson.
On Monday, Baker praised the Post columnist for this column about health care. To read Baker’s paean, click this.
For ourselves, we have one complaint about Samuelson’s piece. For reasons of national security, we’ll postpone that complaint till next week. Today, we thought you might like to see some updated data about national health care spending.
How much do OECD nations spend on health care? Per person, in 2009, the figures looked like this:
Per person spending on health care, 2009 (or nearest year):We’re including the big major nations with which the U.S. can best be compared. Simple story: We spent twice as much per person as France; more than twice as much as the U.K.; almost three times as much as Japan. Meanwhile, let’s revisit our favorite old hook:
United States: $7960
United Kingdom: $3487
OECD average: $3233
Finland spent $3226 per person. Why aren't journalists being flown to Finland to tell us about that miracle?
For the full OECD report, just click here. Meanwhile, why do we spend so much more than everyone else? Are “journalists” allowed to ask? Does any “journalist” care?