Cross-national comparisons in health care and social care may offer insight into quality and cost.1 For example, the US spends more on health care and less on social services nationally than other high-income Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries and has poorer outcomes in several key health indicators, including life expectancy and infant mortality.2 In comparison, the Netherlands spends a similar percentage of total gross domestic product on combined social and health care services, but has a higher ratio of social to health care expenditures and better health outcomes than the US.2
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Carlson MD, Roy B, Groenewoud AS. Assessing Quantitative Comparisons of Health and Social Care Between Countries. JAMA. 2020;324(5):449–450. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.3813
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