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"Maybe We Could Have Bought Him a Good Pair of Shoes": Why Peer Nations Spend Less on Health Care but Stay Healthier

Greater use of medical technology and pharmaceutical drugs, as well as high prices, all contribute to high U.S. health spending, according to The Commonwealth Fund's latest cross-national spending brief. For this episode, Sandy Hausman interviews coauthor David Squires, who says Americans do not see better health outcomes relative to other wealthy nations as a result. Yale University's Elizabeth Bradley points to the role that social services such as housing play in improving health outcomes in Europe. Transcript available.

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Publication Date: October 8, 2015