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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?

Steve54 Wrote: Feb 24, 2013 8:01 AM
The real reasons the US system is more costly per capita are: 1) out of control law suits, creating high legal premiums for doctors that a) motivate reams of unnecessary tests and treatments, and b) costs for both, which are added to medical service bills 2) more expensive drugs, since there isn't the same degree of bulk buying, and because the US wisely allows companies a decent return on investment so that they can develop more pharmaceuticals 3) richer people will pay for private hospital rooms and other benefits not available in public systems 4) very little competition between public and private providers, unlike in Europe/Japan's mixed public/private medical systems (and why their system is better than Canada's mainly public one)
Dan1313 Wrote: Feb 24, 2013 1:36 PM
Very well put. I know an Orthopedic Surgeon who spends over $400,000.00 per year in malpractice insurance even though he never lost a malpractice case, in most cases the malpractice insurance company will settle out-of-court to avoid large legal fees even if they think they should win. This keeps lawyers and actuaries in BMW’s, Audi’s and Lexus’s.
james55 Wrote: Feb 24, 2013 8:40 AM
You also can't ignore the imminent repurcussions of Obamacare's full implementation. With the onset of the requirement to insure everyone regardless of preexisting conditions will be catastrophic to providers and insurers alike. The results will be unaffordable insurance premiums costing $20K and up as well as costs. This will necessitate a complete government takeover of the health care system which will result in many professionals quitting and you know what happens when demand outstrips the means to meet those demands.
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.
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.
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.
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.

What government spends the most on health care?