The use of healthcare in the United States is relatively similar to other countries. Americans have lower rates of doctor visits and fewer hospital stays, although they have the highest screening rates, such as MRI and CT scans.
The US topped the charts in terms of prices and wages. The per capita spending on prescription drugs is more than $ 1,400, compared to an average of $ 750 for all countries studied. For some commonly used drugs, US prices have more than doubled compared to the highest prices in the country.
The average salary for a general practitioner in the US is more than $ 218,000, compared to an average of nearly $ 134,000, experts have been paid $ 316,000, compared to nearly $ 183,000, while nurses earn more than 74,000. USD, compared with less than 52,000 USD in peer countries. The US healthcare system also spends more on administrative costs – accounting for 8% of total health care spending, compared to 1% to 3% in other countries. did not bring better health to Americans. The average life expectancy in the US is 78.8 years, compared with an average of 81.7 years for the countries studied.
Some states, such as Hawaii, Minnesota, and Connecticut, have life expectancy rates of about 81 years, comparable to other rich countries. But in Mississippi, Alabama and West Virginia, people can only live on an average of 75 years.
The United States also has the highest infant mortality rate, with nearly 6 deaths out of 1,000 births, compared with an average of 3.6 deaths elsewhere. The same is true for maternal mortality, compared with an average of 8.4 women in other countries, more than 26 out of 100,000 women dying from pregnancy-related complications.
Social factors are one of the main reasons why Americans do not live longer than people in other wealthy countries, says Ashish Jha, a global health professor at Harvard Chan. The United States has a higher poverty rate, as well as a higher proportion of uninsured people. And it does not provide the same level of social services – such as food and housing assistance – as in other developed countries.
“We have more poor people, and we care less for the poor,” Jha said. “We are not making the same type of investment.
“The authors of the study hope their findings will help guide policymakers in finding ways to reduce health care costs. Cutting spending is one of the goals of the Cham Act. Price Care and the Trump administration also said it wants to reduce costs, especially prescription drug prices.
In addition, private businesses are finding ways to curb health care issues – with one of the latest examples being initiatives of Amazon (AMZN), Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) and JPMorgan Chase (JPM) to reduce the cost of health insurance for themselves and their employees. Irene Papanicolas, an adjunct professor at Harvard Chan and one of the authors of the study, said: “As the United States continues to pay for high healthcare costs, it is important for us to proceed to cut these costs “.