Friday Fun Fact:
Where does the United States rank in the world in terms of public health dollars as a share of GDP? That is, think of Medicare, Medicaid, the VA and related medical expenses and how large a share of GDP do they comprise?
We rank (ignoring the tiny little countries like the Maldives and such) … tenth.
At 8.3% of GDP, the US ranks between Norway and Belgium. Above us are Cuba, Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark, New Zealand, France, Austria, Germany and Japan. Below us are England, Canada and Finland.
We’d surely rank at the top of the list already if we had full-blown “single-payer” for what it’s worth.