Why is Health Care So Expensive in America?by Denise Early on Apr. 22, 2011, under Health
When Americans get a checkup from their doctor, they pay twice as much as people in Canada, France, and the Netherlands. Prescription costs in the U.S. are double what the Dutch pay. And having a baby in the U.S. is double the cost of giving birth in Germany.
In the U.S. we spend twice as much on health care per capita each year than other developed countries – and yet we come in last in outcomes such as: quality of care, equity, efficiency, and people living long, healthy lives.