Last year, I ran a series of posts that explored the costs of care for diagnostic imaging, physician fees, hospital stays, laboratory tests, and prescription medications in the United States and several other nations. As you might recall, we don’t do very well, paying more than every place else on Earth for the same things it seems. You’d think we, as Americans, would be a bit miffed if we found out that the new high-definition 3-D television we bought for $3,000 was available for $1,450 in Germany or $950 in Argentina. That’s the reality of what we pay for health care compared to other countries, but our outrage is minimal. In fact, plenty of people in this country don’t even believe it’s true–or that somehow what we’re getting is better–after all, it must be–because we pay more for it. Sadly, that’s just not true. Anyway, the latest report from the International Federation of Health Plans has just been released. If you’re curious whether the U.S. has improved its international standing, you should look it over.
The Price of Health Care Around the World: 2010 Update