US Spends More On Health Care Than Europe And Canada Per Person

US Spends More On Health Care Than Europe And Canada Per Person

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(Best Syndication) It may not come as a surprise to some people, but Americans do spend more on health care than any other country in the world. Per capita, Americans spend more money than Canadians or Europeans with socialized or single payer medical systems.

The study published by the Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health says that it might have something to do with obesity. Rates of diabetes, hypertension, stroke and arthritis for people over age 50 were higher in the United States than in Europe and elsewhere. Only 17 percent of Europeans were obese while 33 percent of Americans were.

Americans were more likely to smoke tobacco. According to the report, 53 percent of Americans had smoked and only 43 percent of Europeans did.

If Americans quit smoking and lost weight, we could save an average of $1,200 per person on medical bills. See what others are saying and join the discussion at our Forum

By Dan Wilson
Best Syndication News Writer

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