Thursday, 16 August 2007

US Exceptionalism V

Ok, so maybe the US system is afflicted by supplier driven demand, and the population are generally unhealthy, and the doctors are over paid - but is the US healthcare system actually delivering the extra operations, investigations and drugs all that funding is supposed to be paying for?

Now obviously this sort of information is a bit harder to find, but I could locate the in-patient operation rate from the OECD and surprisingly enough - no, the US does not seem to be getting more surgery for its money compared to, say, Germany, nor more consultations, nor a whole load of other things you might think there'd be. So where's the money going?

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