According to The Detroit Free Press, the United States spends more on health care than any country in the world. However, this spending hasn’t lowered the country’s high rates of infant mortality, diabetes and other illnesses compared to other developed countries. This look at health care cost around the world reveals what other countries spend on health care.
Health care spending by country shows some interesting facts, especially when compared to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In Switzerland, the total health expenditures as a percentage of GDP are about 11.5 percent. In Germany, these are 11 percent. Iceland, 10.5 percent, and Norway, Belgium, France and Canada coming in at 10 percent for their health care expenditures. Austria and Sweden are 9.5 percent, followed by Australia, and the Netherlands at about 9 percent. Denmark and Italy are about 8.5 percent, Japan and the United Kingdom, 7.5 and Finland, Ireland and Luxembourg at 7 percent.
The United States wins with the highest percentage for a developed country at 15 percent.
The infant mortality rate is the rate of deaths per 1,000 live births. The highest rates in the world are for underdeveloped countries without infrastructure, clean water or adequate health care. Yet the infant mortality rate remains higher in the U.S. than in most other developed nations. The infant mortality rate is lowest in Japan at 2.8, followed by Germany at 3.9. The infant mortality rate in Switzerland is 4.2 while in the United Kingdom this rate is 5.1. The infant mortality rate in the United States, however, is 6.8.
The life expectancy is the average number of years a person is expected to live and is based on the numbers and ages of recorded deaths. In the U.S., life expectancy is surprisingly lower than in many other developed countries. Life expectancy in Japan is age 82.1. For Germans, this age is 79, while for their Swiss 81.3 is the average. Life expectancy in the United Kingdom is age 79. And for the United States? 77 is the average life expectancy.
A recent Washington Post article reported that the cost for MRI’s vary greatly depending out where they were purchased and used, as does the number of MRI’s available to treat patients. In Japan, 40.1 MRI machines exist for every million people, while in Germany, 7.1 MRI machines exist for every million. The Swiss have14.4 MRI machines for every million people while the United Kingdom has 5.4 MRI machines exist for every million. In the United States, 26.6 MRI machines exist for every million people.
Annual Costs of Health Care Per Capita
The annual cost of health care per capita is the average cost of health care for every citizen in the country. The annual cost of health care per capita in Australia is $2,886 while in Canada this cost is $2,998. Danes have an average per capita cost of $2,743 while Finns annual cost is $2,104. The French pay a little more with annual per capita cost at $3,048.
In Germany, the annual cost of health care per capita is $2,983 and in Iceland, the annual cost is $3,159. $2,455 is the average for Ireland, $2,249 for Japan and $2,745 for Sweden. Switzerland see’s $3,847 per capita annually while the United Kingdom enjoys lower costs at $2,317. The United States? The annual cost of health care per capita is $5,711 and rising. While politicians fight with one another, the United States continues to be number one for health care costs.