I'm back in the USA for a month, visiting relatives. One thing that struck me right away was the number of ads for health care, drugs, hospitals, etc. on the radio and on billboards. It seems like a bizarre thing to make hospitals into profit centers-- at least to my French-living eyes.
From yesterday's Washington Post:
"Americans pay more for health care per person than people anywhere else in the world, doling out more than 50 percent more for medical expenses each year as the second-highest-cost country, according to a new study....published in the recent edition of Health Affairs.
"U.S. citizens paid $5,267 per person for health care in 2002, the study found, 53 percent more than citizens of any other industrialized country and $1,821 more than people in Switzerland, the nation with the second-highest per capita spending among the 30 studied...."