Health Care Spending Disparities Explained

Here’s the spectrum of per capita health care spending: The US (no surprise) spends the most at $9,237. At the other end: Somalia spends $33.
 
The Global Burden of Disease Health Financing Collaborator Network collected and analyzed the data from 184 countries. To make sense of the disparities, NPR turned to Joseph Dieleman, an assistant professor at the Institute for Health Metrics Evaluation at the University of Washington. He authored Lancet papers on health financing from 1995 to 2014, and future health financing to 2040.
 
The interview makes for fascinating health system reading. One tidbit: The US spends way more than 2X as much as the UK does on health care per person and has a lower average life expectancy.
 
Source: NPR’s Goats and Soda

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