U.S. healthcare—by the numbers

Posted: 27 March 2012 in Uncategorized
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While the Affordable Care Act is debated in the U.S. Supreme Court, Reuters conveniently provides some of the relevant numbers about the U.S. healthcare system:

  • First in Spending – Annual healthcare spending totals $2.6 trillion, equal to 17.9 percent of U.S. annual gross domestic product, or $8,402 for every man, woman and child.
  • First in Obesity – More than one-third of American adults are obese, up from 15 percent in 1980.
  • Second in Prevalence of Diabetes – 10.3 percent of the U.S. population suffers from diabetes, surpassed only by Mexico’s 10.8 percent. The OECD average is 6.5 percent.
  • Fourth in Preventing Death from Stroke – The United States ranks behind Israel, Switzerland and France with 32 stroke-related deaths per 100,000 people.
  • Seventh in Cancer Incidence – Cancer afflicts more than 300 people per 100,000 in the United States, compared with an OECD average of 261.
  • Ninth in Preventing Death from Cancer – At 185 deaths per 100,000, the United States is behind Australia but well above an OECD average of 208.
  • 10th in Number of Practicing Nurses – 10.8 per 1,000 population versus an OECD average of 8.4 percent.
  • 1th of 11 in Unmet Need for Care Due to Cost – Compared with 10 European countries and Canada, the United States ranks last in its ability to provide affordable care: Thirty-nine percent of people with below-average income and 20 percent of people with above-average income reported forgoing a doctor’s visit or prescription because of the cost.
  • 25th in Preventing Death from Heart Disease – At 129 deaths per 100,000 people, the U.S. heart disease mortality rate is worse than those in Canada and Austria and below an OECD average of 117.
  • 27th in Life Expectancy – Americans can expect to live 78.2 years on average, below the OECD average and just behind Slovenia and Chile.
  • 29th in Number of Practicing Doctors – The United States has 2.4 practicing doctors per 1,000 population, placing it below an OECD average of 3.1 and behind Canada and Slovenia.
  • 29th in Doctor Consultations – At 3.9 doctor visits per capita, the United States leads only Ireland, Mexico, Sweden and Chile versus an OECD average 6.5 percent.
  • 30th in Hospital Beds – 3.1 per 1,000 population, behind Portugal, Britain and Spain.
  • 30th in Medical Graduates – 6.5 per 100,000 population, ahead of only France, Japan and Israel. The OECD average is 9.9 percent.
  • 31st in Health Coverage – An estimated 81 percent of Americans are covered by private or government health insurance, placing the country fourth from last behind the Slovak Republic; 25 OECD countries cover 99 percent or more of their citizens.
  • 31st in Infant Mortality – 6.5 babies die per thousand live births in the United States, placing the country behind the Slovak Republic and below an OECD average performance of 4.4.
  • 31st in Preventing Premature Death – The number of years lost in the United States to premature death is surpassed only by Hungary, Mexico and Russia. The main causes for males and females are accidents, violence, cancer and circulatory disease.
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Comments
  1. I really find the fact that the US spends so much on healthcare but ultimately comes up so short in comparison to other countries is really unfortunate. Thanks for putting this all together in one post, I plan to share it in my Social Welfare Policy class.

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