The United States is by far the country that spends most onhealth care, yet has the worst overall population health, accordingto a new report. The United States spent $7,500 per person onhealth care in 2008, according to a recent report from TheConference Board of Canada.

The United States spends 16 percent of its gross domesticproduct on health care, with private expenses making up themajority of that spending. This is 50 percent more than the secondhighest spender, Norway. The United States also has the highestproportion of private expenditures on health and is the onlycountry among its peers with a greater share of private than publicspending.

Yet the country ranked last among the 16 peer countries onpopulation health. The United States records the lowest lifeexpectancy and ranks last on infant mortality. Additionally,physicians in the United States are among the highest paid, butthey are also most likely to have to pay the highest insurancepremiums. Not surprisingly, the report also states the UnitedStates spends far more than other countries on diagnostictests.

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