Health costs rising: That frightening chart

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Health care costs are rising in the United States; that’s no surprise to anyone. But as we think about what’s happening to our own health costs, and those of the people and institutions surrounding us (government, schools, businesses, friends, parents) it’s useful to have comparative information.

So we’re reproducing the scary chart from the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, which Sarah Kliff posted over on Ezra Klein’s Wonkblog on The Washington Post.

“This chart comes from the Commonwealth Fund’s annual report, out today, comparing health spending and outcomes in 11 industrialized countries,” Kliff writes. “The United States by far has the highest spending per capita, at $7,960 per person. None of the other ten, industrialized countries in the survey even come close: Norway, which has the next highest spending, hovers around $5,352.”