U.S. health care is exorbitantly priced

Ezra Klein encounters a packet of charts that bluntly illustrate a key problem with U.S. health care:

There is a simple explanation for why American health care costs so much more than health care in any other country: because we pay so much more for each unit of care. As Halvorson explained, and academics and consultancies have repeatedly confirmed, if you leave everything else the same — the volume of procedures, the days we spend in the hospital, the number of surgeries we need — but plug in the prices Canadians pay, our health-care spending falls by about 50 percent.

Here are three of the charts; you’ll find the rest in this PDF file.

 

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