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Which Government Spend the Most Per Capita on Government Healthcare: France, Italy, the United States, Sweden, Canada, Greece, or the United Kingdom?

Righty3 Wrote: Feb 24, 2013 8:24 AM
@Steve: Don't forget the cost of regulation and compliance. The burdensome hand of government inflates the cost of any service it interferes with, and healthcare is no exception. Some studies reveal that compliance and regulatory cost account for about 10% of overall medical spending - $250B annually. That's more than triple the size of the so-called sequester everyone is all worked up about.
Joseph64 Wrote: Feb 24, 2013 5:17 PM
When did the government ever pay someone's unpaid emergency room bills? Speaking as a person who has had unpaid emergency room bills, i can tell you that the account goes to a collection agency and not to the government. The government does not pay a single penny of the bill.
Steve54 Wrote: Feb 24, 2013 8:41 AM
That's true. But also true of other countries' public systems, as is over regulation and compliance costs.
Righty3 Wrote: Feb 24, 2013 8:36 AM
One other point is our "nobody is turned away" policy. If a sick person shows up at an ER, it's illegal to deny them service based on their inability to pay. Michelle Obama, for example, made a lot of money finding ways to redirect these financially undesirable patients away from her affluent hospital.

Simple truth is that while we have plenty of people without insurance, we don't have masses of people being denied emergency care. The costs often end up covered by the government, adding to the high cost per capita as well. Illegals without insurance are estimated to account for $11B yearly in spending - that one group alone accounts for several percent of the cited per-capita government spending number.

What government spends the most on health care?