U.S. Ranks First in Health Spending, Last in Outcomes
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 05:06 PM

The U.S. spent more per capita on health care between 2004 and 2014 than 10 other industrialized nations measured, but it ranked last in health outcomes, a Commonwealth Fund study found.

The U.S. spends $8,508 per capita for health care, compared with the U.K., which spends $3,405 per person and moved up to first place in outcome indicators. The study reinforces the need for the policymakers and insurers to re-examine DC services for conditions including back pain as a more cost-effective, conservative-care-first approach over the more costly and riskier pharmaceutical-surgical model that currently dominates the U.S. healthcare system.