The Washington Post has a couple of great articles about the cost of health care in which the US is compared to other countries.
- Why an MRI costs $1,080 in America and $280 in France
- 21 graphs that show America’s health-care prices are ludicrous
The table below is from the first article listed above.
Both articles are written by Ezra Klein. The data itself comes from the International Federation of Health Plans. Mr. Klein points out the US as a country does not have the financial controls common in other advanced countries. He concludes the rate of growth in prices as well as the current prices of health care simply must be reduced. Other countries should serve as a model.