Though America spends more on health care than 12 other industrialized countries, the quality isn't  better, a new study from The Commonwealth Fund finds.

The U.S. spent nearly $8,000 per person for health care services in 2009 while Norway and Switzerland were a distant second and third on medical spending, respectively, at a little more than $5,000 per person.

U.S. health care spending amounted to more than 17 percent of gross domestic product in 2009, compared with 12 percent or less in other study countries. Japan was the lowest spender at less than 9 percent of GDP.

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