By Kaiser Family Foundation, Published: May 09, 2018
The U.S. has higher prices for most health care services and prescription drugs, according to available internationally comparable data. Meanwhile, utilization of several services, including physician consultations and hospital stays, is lower than in many comparable countries. Use of some services, such as C-sections and knee replacements, is higher in the U.S. than in similar countries.
Despite having fewer office visits and shorter average hospital stays, the U.S. overall spends twice as much per person on healthcare than do comparable countries.
How do health care prices and use in the U.S. compare to other countries? This chart collection illustrates that higher prices – more so than utilization – explain the United States’ high health spending relative to other high-income countries.