What are some of the most mind-blowing facts about US healthcare?

Medicine and Healthcare: What are some of the most mind-blowing facts about US healthcare?

Great list by Halle and Rebecca – here’s a few more:

  • The U.S. spends almost twice as much per capita for healthcare – but has a lower life expectancy and higher infant mortality rates than many other countries (OECD Data from 2009): http://s3.amazonaws.com/kpcbweb/…
  • The top 3 categories of healthcare spending – Hospital Care, Physician and Clinical Services and Rx Drugs – equal 61% of all healthcare spending [ NB: Net Cost of Health Insurance is a paltry 6% ]:
    http://www.chcf.org/chart-cart/p…
  • Electronic healthcare claims processing contribute to about $17B annually in unnecessary administrative costs. Anthem Blue Cross had the lowest claims accuracy rate: 61.05% http://www.healthcarefinancenews…
  • In 2012, Glaxo Smith Kline agreed to pay $3 billion in fines for promoting its best-selling antidepressant for unapproved uses and for failing to report safety data about a top diabetes drug http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/0…
  • In 2005, the FDA examined 4,000 parcels containing pharmaceuticals and passing through major U.S. airports. 1,700 of them claimed that their drugs were made in Canada – but only 255 were actually made in Canada, while the rest were made in 27 different countries, and 10% of them were counterfeit. http://money.cnn.com/2006/10/04/…

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