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Comparison of Americans’ Medical Bills to Other Countries

Using health spending data from the OECD, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed per capita out-of-pocket health care spending in the 20 most populous OECD member states to determine how Americans’ medical bills compare to other countries.

Medical care costs shouldered by patients in the U.S. are representative of the high overall costs across the health care system. When considering all forms of medical spending, including government and private industry, the U.S. spends far more per capita than every other OECD nation. This is due in large part to higher prescription drug and administrative costs.

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