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March 13, 2018

Health Care Spending in the United States Compared With 10 Other High-Income Countries: What Uwe Reinhardt Might Have Said

Author Affiliations
  • 1Dr Bauchner is Editor in Chief and Dr Fontanarosa is Executive Editor, JAMA
JAMA. 2018;319(10):990-992. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.1879

In this issue of JAMA, Papanicolas and colleagues1 compared health care spending in the United States with health care spending in a select group of 10 of the highest-income countries (United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Australia, Japan, Sweden, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Denmark). The authors examined drivers of spending across multiple dimensions, including general health system expenditures, population behaviors and health, labor costs and structural capacity, administrative costs, utilization, access and quality, cost of pharmaceuticals, and distribution and equity.