And we’re going in very much the wrong and harmful direction.
What government spends the most on health care?
- Is it Canada or the United Kingdom, which are famous (or, if these stories are any indication, infamous would be a better description) for single-payer healthcare systems?
- Is it Sweden, the home of the cradle-to-grave welfare state?
- Or France, the land of the world’s most statist people?
- How about Italy or Greece, nations that have spent themselves into fiscal crisis?
Nope, nope, nope, and nope.
The United States spends more money, on a per-capita basis, than any of those countries. Here’s a chart from a Forbes analysis prepared by Doug Holtz-Eakin and Avik Roy.
There are three big reasons why there’s more government-financed healthcare spending in the United States.
1. Richer nations tend to spend more, regardless of how they structure their healthcare systems.
2. As you can see at the 1:18 mark of this video, the United…
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