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.”
Jeanne Pinder is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. She worked at The New York Times for almost 25 years as a reporter, editor and human resources executive, then volunteered for a buyout and founded ClearHealthCosts.
She was previously a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia University School of Journalism. ClearHealthCosts has won grants from the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York; the International Women’s Media Foundation; the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with KQED public radio in San Francisco and KPCC in Los Angeles; the Lenfest Foundation in Philadelphia for a partnership with The Philadelphia Inquirer; and the New York State Health Foundation for a partnership with WNYC public radio/Gothamist in New York; and other honors.
Her TED talk about fixing health costs has surpassed 2 million views.