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Higher Health Care Spending in U.S. Doesn't Translate into Superior Overall Care

By now, it's common knowledge that the United States spends more on health care than other industrialized countries—often much more. But what are we getting in return for all this spending? According to a new study from The Commonwealth Fund, patients in the U.S. do not receive "notably superior" care compared with our peers internationally, despite health expenditures totaling nearly $8,000 per person in 2009—one-third to two-thirds more than in 12 other advanced nations. Also available are an infographic and an online presentation by author David Squires.

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