Although U.S. health-spending growth has slowed down in recent years, it was still 2.5 times greater than the OECD average in 2013. The United States spends about $8,713 per person, by far the most of any country in the world. Other countries, including Turkey and India, spend less than $1,000 on health care per person annually.
The United States does a great job of providing acute care for people having a heart attack or a stroke and preventing them from dying. But it performs less well in preventing avoidable hospital admissions for people with chronic conditions, such as diabetes and asthma. The opposite is true for Switzerland, Spain and Portugal, which have low rates of hospital admissions for chronic conditions but high mortality rates for patients who suffer from a heart attack or stroke.
Finland and Sweden do relatively well in saving the lives of people with cervical, breast or colorectal cancer, but the survival rates for these cancers are lower in Chile, Poland, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom and Ireland.
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