U.S. spends more than other wealthy countries without improved health

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A report from the Commonwealth Fund found that Americans continue to outspend other nations on healthcare without improved health outcomes.

In 2013, the U.S. spent more on healthcare per person than 12 other high-income nations, yet it still has the lowest life expectancy and worst health outcomes of these countries.

The U.S. is spending $9,086 per person annually while Switzerland, the second-highest-spending country, spent $6,325 per person with a longer average life span by 4 years. Mortality rates for cancer were among the lowest in the U.S. but rates of chronic conditions, obesity and infant mortality were higher than the others.

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