Another excellent post by Random Critical Analysis on healthcare metrics and the need for a better debate when analyzing our healthcare system:
This Commonwealth Fund report has been widely cited for explaining why US health expenditures are so high.
The analysis finds that the U.S. spends more than all other countries on health care, but this higher spending cannot be attributed to higher income, an aging population,
or greater supply or utilization of hospitals and doctors. Instead, it is more likely that higher spending is largely due to higher prices and perhaps more readily
accessible technology and greater obesity.
Since I have already spoken to the incomes argument at some length and explained why I find overall “high prices” to be unpersuasive as it pertains to NHE in general and the US specifically, I will instead focus narrowly on this utilization argument since there are a number of similar analyses with identical/similar indicators.
The report proffers this table as an explanation for why high utilization cannot explain high US health expenditures.
Similar analyses are…
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