By Andrew Nusca
Posting in Design
A new infographic by National Geographic shows that the U.S. invests twice as much as other developed nations per capita for healthcare, yet has a lower life expectancy.
A new infographic by National Geographic shows just how much money per person the U.S. government invests in the system...and how little it gets for that investment.
Just how bad is the health care system in the United States? Canada invests a bit more than half as much as the U.S. per capita, and gets more average life expectancy for its investment.
The problem? Overall cost, access to services and a lack of accountability for those results.
(Click the chart to the right to see the entire infographic. Each nation is shown with its per capita investment compared to its average life expectancy.)
While the U.S. is the most pronounced example of a downward slope, you'll notice other nations have similar problems: Switzerland, Luxembourg and Denmark are all getting less bang for their buck, while Mexico, Portugal and New Zealand reap more than the rest.
There's another interesting aspect to the infographic, too: the thickness of the line denotes how frequent a citizen vists the doctor. Surprisingly, the average American barely visits the doctor, while the average Japanese or Czech visits often -- hinting that preventative monitoring might be better than throwing a lot of money at pharmaceuticals.
Jan 4, 2010
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The root of "preventive" is "prevent." The root of "preventative" would be "preventate," which is not a word.
i do believe that mexico has a national health service, IMSS, to which anyone can belong at relatively low cost. this also includes noncitizens who reside in mexico. the service provides complete medical cover including all drugs and medical procedures and testing. when a poor country can have better healthcare for their people than the u.s., the congres and senate of the u.s. ought to be ashamed
I would like to see this graphic account for per capita GNP among other things. Generally speaking it appears the countries that spend more have more disposable income, and one cannot infer the effects of spend on longevity without some sort of baseline. Perhaps lifestyle or genetics has far more to do with longevity than cost of care. There are so many confounding variables that are not accounted for in such a graphic that it's pretty reckless to infer that the US healthcare system is impotent. The only inferences that can safely be made is that some countries have average longer lifespans than others and some spend more than others on healthcare and spend does not equate to longer lifespan. Any more than that is not supported by the graphic.