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International Health Cost Comparison Report

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The International Federation of Health Plans (iFHP), an executive network of the global health insurance industry based in London, in partnership with the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) in the United States, and iFHP member companies in multiple countries, published the latest International Health Cost Comparison Report. The report compares the median prices paid by a sample of private health insurance companies for 34 specific health care services in eleven countries in 2019. Comparisons across different countries are complicated by differences in sectors, fee schedules, and prices may not be representative of prices paid by other plans in that market. We attempted to minimize these limitations by selecting services with very specific definitions and wording survey questions to match the procedures that are the basis of the US payment system.

The median prices paid by private insurance in 2019 for health care services in the United States were generally higher than the median prices in the other countries included in the iFHP study.

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