Healthcare by the Numbers

For those who haven’t seen it yet, this report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD) provides some insightful facts and figures regarding our healthcare system when compared to other OECD countries.

For example, we spend 16% of our GDP on healthcare —  number that greatly exceeds any other OECD country.  The UK, for example, spends only 8.4%.


Surprisingly, our per capita public expenditure on health care exceeds all but two countries (Norway & Luxembourg).  Our public per capita expenditures exceed those of the UK with its National Health System.


The report also addresses the quality of care being received.  Our infant mortality rate remains an embarrassment with 6.7 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2006, compared to the OECD average of 4.9.

Also of note is our horrendous obesity rate.  We “lead” all OECD countries with our obesity rate of 34.3%.  Mexico follows at 30% with the UK in third at 24%.

Though using a different methodology to determine obesity rates, CalorieLab has an interesting map showing us where those weighing down are healthcare system hale from:


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