Health Care Spending

The United States has the unsavory distinction of spending the most money on health care per person in the world. How much? A staggering $9,237 per person! This is according to a study of 184 countries by the Global Burden of Disease Health Financing Collaborator Network. Higher spending does not necessarily mean better health overall, however. Compared to the U.K., which spends an average of $3,749 per person, the life expectancy in the U.S. is actually less — 79.1 years, while it’s 80.9 years in the U.K. In fact, the life expectancy of the U.S. ranks 12th. On the other end of the spectrum, Somalia spends the least amount of all nations at $33 per person.Source: NPR | Date Updated: July 23, 2019