International Health Care Statistics
Color Coding Key:
GREEN: Countries ranking first or
RED: Countries ranking last or second to last in statistic
The health care page compares each country’s health system noting that the United States has one of the world’s worst health systems according to the World Health Organization yet spends the most money among the nations compared.
|Health care as a percent of GDP|
|Public||Private||Public + private||Spending per capita||Universal Health Coverage||Negative public opinion||Physician density||Decommodification Index score|
Health care as a percent of GDP for most recent year, 2010-12.
Spending per capita for most recent year, 2010-12. In US $ and is adjusted for Purchasing Power Parity (PPP).
Universal health coverage:
Health Affairs, "International Survey: U.S. adults most likely to report medical errors and skip needed care due to cost." News release, Nov. 1, 2007. Percent calling for "rebuild completely" the health care system. Survey of 12,000 adults in 7 countries (7th: New Zealand, 17%). The report has additional data on cost problems and on fragmented and inefficient care.
World Health Organization. Physician density per 1,000 people, for most recent year, 2009-12.
"Health care decommodification is 'the extent to which an individual's access to health care is dependent upon their market position and the extent to which a country's provision of health care is independent from the market.'" For 2012.
September 19, 2013. New estimates in a report from the Journal of Patient Safety say that 200,000-400,000 patients die every year from medical care mistakes in United States hospitals. If estimates are correct, medical errors would be the third leading cause of death in the United States.
"One-third (34 percent) of U.S. survey participants reported at least one of four types of errors: they believed they experienced a medical mistake in treatment or care, were given the wrong medication or dose, were given incorrect results for a test, or experienced delays in being notified about abnormal test results.
Three of ten (30 percent) Canadian respondents reported at least one of these errors, as did one-fifth or more of patients in Australia (27%), New Zealand (25%), Germany (23%) and the United Kingdom (22%)."
"Mirror on the Wall: An International Update on the Comparative Performance of American Health Care," K. Davis, C. Schoen, S. C. Schoenbaum, M. M. Doty, A. L. Holmgren, J. L. Kriss, and K. K. Shea, Mirror.
"Despite having the most costly health system in the world, the United States consistently underperforms on most dimensions of performance, relative to other countries. This report-an update to two earlier editions-includes data from surveys of patients, as well as information from primary care physicians about their medical practices and views of their countries' health systems. Compared with five other nations-Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, the United Kingdom-the U.S. health care system ranks last or next-to-last on five dimensions of a high performance health system: quality, access, efficiency, equity, and healthy lives. The U.S. is the only country in the study without universal health insurance coverage, partly accounting for its poor performance on access, equity, and health outcomes. The inclusion of physician survey data also shows the U.S. lagging in adoption of information technology and use of nurses to improve care coordination for the chronically ill."
The US also ranked last in 2004 and 2006.
July 10, 2007, San Francisco Chronicle. U.S. spends more per capita yet has more medical errors.
Number uninsured or uncovered; number below poverty line not covered
Administrative costs as a percent of health care costs.
Cost of pharmaceutical drugs
Care for chronic diseases
Some technology and research indicator, where the US seems to be way ahead.