Saturday, February 27, 2010

U.S. is ranked #37 in health care in the world

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By Karen Harper

Among people living in the 30 OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) nations, Americans rate their personal health around the median for the group despite having one of the highest GDPs per capita.

Only 56% of Americans say they have confidence in the U.S. health care system according to a recent Gallup poll. The United States has the highest per-capita total health expenditures of any of the 30 countries yet Americans report only average levels of health. Except for the United States, the more money spent on health care in a nation translates to better health for the respondents.

The World Health Organization ranks the United States at 37th in the world.

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