The United States scores lowest, or almost lowest in all indicators.
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Total expenditure on health as a percentage of gross domestic product: OECD, 2020
Spending Per Capita: OECD
All data from 2019 except for United States public and private values (2016).
Public includes government/compulsory, private includes voluntary payments.
Universal health coverage: Tracking Universal Health Coverage, 2017
Physician density: World Health Organization
From between 2016 and 2018.
Cost Barrier to Health Care: International Profiles of Health Care Systems, 2017 Report
Percent of adults who experienced access barrier because of cost in past year, for 2016.
“U.S. Health Care Spending Highest Among Developed Countries”
January 7, 2019.
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
“…health spending in the U.S. has been growing faster than the other OECD countries…U.S. health spending increased at an average rate of 2.8 percent annually between 2000 and 2016, which is greater than the OECD median annual increase of 2.6 percent.”
“U.S. Uninsured Rate Rises to Four-Year High” Dan Witters
January 23, 2019.
Gallup. The U.S. adult uninsured rate has been steadily increasing since 2016, standing at 13.7% by the end of 2018, the highest it’s been since the 2014 passing of the Affordable Care Act.
“Medical Care Is 3rd Leading Cause of Death in U.S.” Chris Kresser
January 19, 2019.
A study by Dr. Barbara Starfield, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, reveals how the U.S. does in health care compared to other developed countries. The U.S. ranked:
13th (last) for low-birth-weight percentages
13th for neonatal mortality and infant mortality overall
11th for postneonatal mortality
13th for years of potential life lost (excluding external causes)
12th for life expectancy at 1 year for males, 11th for females
12th for life expectancy at 15 years for males, 10th for females
The report also found iatrogenic (caused by medical treatment) damage to be the third leading cause of death in the U.S.