January 31, 2023
  • A new issue brief from the Commonwealth Fund found that the U.S. continued to far outspend other developed nations while seeing worsening health outcomes in the first year of the pandemic. According to the brief, the U.S. spent nearly $12,000 on health care per capita, including more than $1,200 in household out-of-pocket spending in 2020 – over $4,500 more than its nearest peer, Germany, which spent about $7,4000 on health care per person in a year. The U.S. scored worse than other OECD countries in many areas including rate of avoidable deaths, chronic illness, obesity, access to health insurance and primary care doctors, and life expectancy. (Issue brief here; Articles here and here)