U.S. Health Care vs. The World [Infographic]

To help clarify the differences between world health care systems, the online Masters in Public Health program at GW created an infographic to show how health care in the U.S. stacks up when compared to 16 other countries around the world. The data in the graphic is provided by the World Health Organization (WHO)’s World Health Statistics 2013 report – the annual compilation of world health data.

Share the infographic below to raise awareness of how health care in the U.S. compares to the rest of world.

US Health Care vs The World

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Peter Sperry

So what is the 5, 10, 15 and 20 year survival rate for the most commonly diagnosed fatal conditions?

The U.S. has one of the most divers demographic population on the planet, which brings down our agragate longevity statistics. This can lead to false conclusions regarding comparative effectiveness of health care systems. Nevertheless, when diagnosed with a potentially terminal condition, many citizens of countries with highly rated health care systems grab their passports and head for the U.S. Yes, our medicine costs more than England’s National Health Plan. We also do not leave people to die on the “Liverpool” pathway. This situation may change in the very near future if current policies remain in place; but there is hope for reversal yet.