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The U.S. ranks 6th in public expenditures on health care

According to the United Nations Development Program, in 2010 public spending on health care amounted to 9.5% of GDP. This is enough to make the United States rank sixth out of one hundred eighty-eight countries ranked in that category. The Marshall Islands ranked first, with public health expenditure amounting to 15.0% of GDP.

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  1. Jim Coleman
    14 April 2013 at 11:51 am

    Surely this should read “The U.S. ranks 6th in health expenditures.” In its usual meaning “public health” means “the art and science dealing with the protection and improvement of community health by organized community effort and including preventive medicine and sanitary and social science.” Isn’t that true? I wasn’t able to reconstruct your chart from the cited undp.org data.

  2. Mark
    14 April 2013 at 1:59 pm

    You’re right. I had it right on the chart, but not on the blog title. Thanks for the catch.

  3. Garm
    15 April 2013 at 6:35 am

    No, ““The U.S. ranks 6th in health expenditures.” would indicate that the chart included both public (Medicare, medicaid, VHA etc) and private (insurance) health care spending. The US spends another 8.5 % of GDP on private health expenditure, making it far and away the number one for total expenditure.

  4. Robert West, Esq,
    1 June 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Money does not = success. Time to set up a system where we do things smart not just bust the bank.

  1. 7 March 2014 at 1:34 am

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