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This Is How Americans' Medical Bills Compare to Other Countries


To determine how Americans’ medical bills compare to other countries, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed annual out-of-pocket medical expenses per capita from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. We only considered the 20 most populous OECD member states in our analysis.

Out-of-pocket medical expenses are those paid directly by the patient, including prescription drugs and doctor’s visit copays, as well as health insurance deductibles and medical goods for personal use.

We also reviewed each country’s total per capita medical expenditures, which include all money spent on health care by the government, private companies and institutions, and individuals.

Measures related to health outcomes, including life expectancy at birth, are also from the OECD. Population estimates are from the World Bank and are as of 2018.

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