“America’s health care system is second only to Japan… Canada, Sweden, Great Britain… well, all of Europe. But you can thank your lucky stars we don’t live in Paraguay!” – Homer Simpson
Yesterday, speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi unveiled the Democrats’ health care bill. Not surprisingly, there was some criticism of it, as well as some dissent from within the Democratic party. Here are some interesting numbers regarding health care in the United States.
- A world health report by the World Health Organization ranked the United States number 37 in the world (Paraguay was 57, so maybe Homer Simpson was on to something).
- In 2007, the United States’ national health expenditures were $2.2412 trillion, which amounted to 16.2% of the gdp (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services).
- Per capita spending on health care for 2007 was $7,421 (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services).
- The United States ranked 29th globally in terms of infant mortality in 2004.
- As of 2008, there are 47 million americans without health insurance.
- The current health care bill is nearly 2,000 pages long.