Filed Under (Expenditure, Health Policy, Public Health, US opinion) by Paul on 25-08-2009
The recent discussion about the US and English health care system has thrown up a number of important facts. Some of them are obvious but some are counterintuitive and need some exploration and discussion.
Whilst we all know that the US spends much more pre head of the population or as a proportion of GDP on their health services than we do, the assumption is that most of this is private expenditure. Surely there is nothing wrong with individuals in a rich country spending their own money on health in the same way as they might spend their money on a third or fourth luxury car. This is private income being spent privately on their health – a set of personal consumer choices.
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