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Healthcare spending among thirty nations showed that the United States spending per person was $4631, more than twice what any of the other thirty nations spent.

Insurance premiums and costs not covered by insurance were more than five times the median in other countries.

What accounts for this tremendous difference? It is thought that higher salaries and the cost of medical equipment and pharmaceuticals in the United States are part of the problem, but also that the United States health system may be less efficient because of it's complexity.

Politicians and others are often heard saying "the United States has the best healthcare system in the world". It appears that we also have the most expensive healthcare system in the world and are spending more than twice what other nations are spending with nothing to show for the difference.