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Health Care Spending in the United States and Other High-Income Countries

Health Care Spending in the United States and Other High-Income Countries Key PointsQuestionWhy is health care spending in the United States so much greater than in other high-income countries? FindingsIn 2016, the United States spent nearly twice as much as 10 high-income countries on medical care and performed less well on many population health outcomes. Contrary to some explanations for high spending, social spending and health care utilization in the United States did not differ substantially from other high-income nations. Prices of labor and goods, including pharmaceuticals and devices, and administrative costs appeared to be the main drivers of the differences in spending. MeaningEfforts targeting utilization alone are unlikely to reduce the growth in health care spending in the United States; a more concerted effort to reduce prices and administrative costs is likely needed. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

Health Care Spending in the United States and Other High-Income Countries

JAMA , Volume 319 (10) – Mar 13, 2018

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright 2018 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.2018.1150
pmid
29536101
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Abstract

Key PointsQuestionWhy is health care spending in the United States so much greater than in other high-income countries? FindingsIn 2016, the United States spent nearly twice as much as 10 high-income countries on medical care and performed less well on many population health outcomes. Contrary to some explanations for high spending, social spending and health care utilization in the United States did not differ substantially from other high-income nations. Prices of labor and goods, including pharmaceuticals and devices, and administrative costs appeared to be the main drivers of the differences in spending. MeaningEfforts targeting utilization alone are unlikely to reduce the growth in health care spending in the United States; a more concerted effort to reduce prices and administrative costs is likely needed.

Journal

JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Mar 13, 2018

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