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Why Is U.S. Healthcare So Expensive?

U.S. health care costs are higher than any other country in the world. So, what is it about America's system that makes it so expensive?

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Why Americans Are Drowning in Medical Debt (theatlantic.com)
"After his recent herniated-disk surgery, Peter Drier was ready for the $56,000 hospital charge, the $4,300 anesthesiologist bill, and the $133,000 fee for orthopedist."

Here's a Map of the Countries That Provide Universal Health Care (America's Still Not on It) (theatlantic.com)
"As excited as American liberals and proponents of expanding access to health care might be about the Supreme Court's decision to largely uphold the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. still stands out from much of the developed world in state efforts to make medical care available to the public."

8 facts that explain what's wrong with American health care (vox.com)
"Americans pay way, way, way more for health care than anyone else."

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, 2014 Update: How the U.S. Health Care System Compares Internationally (commonwealthfund.org)
"The United States health care system is the most expensive in the world, but this report and prior editions consistently show the U.S. underperforms relative to other countries on most dimensions of performance."