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12:03 PM Thu, Nov. 15th

Letter: Health care numbers

Editor:

I just read an article online from a conservative financial site: Investor’s Business Daily. 8-15-2018.

The lead implied that Canadians pay more for health care than workers in the U.S. and that a single payer system is inherently more expensive that the current for profit system. This is totally incorrect. A brief look at per person costs for health care of industrialized countries shows the U.S. at almost double the composite average and by far the most expensive in the world.

U.S. costs per person: $10, 348. Next highest Switzerland with $7,919. Comparable country averages are $5,119. The countries with the most highly regarded systems for health care — France and Holland? $4,600 and $5,385. Do the math to find out why we need a single payer system.

Source: https://www.healthsystemtracker.org/chart-collection/health-spending-u-s-compare-countries/#item-average-wealthy-countries-spend-half-much-per-person-health-u-s-spends 2016 information.

Harry Haff

Prescott