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Cost Comparisons

Among 19 of the Countries

U.S. Cost = 250% of Other Countries. The United States spends more than twice as much per person on health care compared to the other industrialized countries: about 2.5 times what other countries spend per person.

Other Countries’ Cost = 40% of the U.S. Cost. Other countries spend less than half what the United States spends on health care per person: about 0.4 times what the U.S. spends per person.


19 Examples

How much health care costs per person in 19 other countries relative to the United State

  51% — France
  39% — Japan
  46% — Australia
  34% — Spain
  40% — Italy
  55% — Canada
  64% — Norway
  50% — the Netherlands
  45% — Sweden
  34% — Greece
  51% — Austria
  53% — Germany
  38% — Finland
  36% — New Zealand
  50% — Denmark
  39% — Britain
  41% — Ireland
  31% — Portugal
100% — United States

The 19 countries are the same list of countries that are at the Real People web page.

Referring to the Real People web page, France and Japan and Australia spend 39% to 51% times what the U.S. pays for health care, but those three countries minimize deaths due to preventable diseases far better than the United States.


Additional Information

The above percentages were determined from the average of two years of data. If you would like specific costs numbers, please refer to the details at the “Cost per Person - Details” web page.

If you have any questions about this data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, please contact Bob.

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