Percent of GDP spent on health care in the United Kingdom: 8.7

In the US: more than 16

Life expectancy at birth in the UK: 78.7 years

In the US: 78

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Percent of income a four-member American family making $50,000 a year will pay into the US health care system via taxes: 26.4

Percent of annual health care expenditures that are out of pocket: 13.2

Percent of consumer bankruptcies that stem from medical bills: 50

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Percent of Americans who say they delayed or didn’t get medical care in 2007: 20

Percent of those who cited cost as their main reason for going without care: 69

Sources

Life expectancies: NationMaster

Expenditures: Paying More, Getting Less: Just Where Do America’s Health Care Dollars Go? (AlterNet)

Health care access: Center for Studying Health System Change


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