Our skyrocketing health care costs, in one chart
In case you needed a reminder, our health care costs are still way out of control. Here's what that looks like in graph form:
This chart comes from the Commonwealth Fund’s annual report, out today, comparing health spending and outcomes in 11 industrialized countries. The United States by far has the highest spending per capita, at $7,960 per person. None of the other ten, industrialized countries in the survey even come close: Norway, which has the next highest spending, hovers around $5,352.
And even after all that spending, Americans are not getting the care they think they need. The Commonwealth Fund also found that more than 40 percent of Americans went without care last year because of the cost.