Politics, The Economy

How efficient is America’s privatized health care system?

According to Paul Krugman:

A recent study found that private insurance companies spend 11.7 cents of every health care dollar on administrative costs, mainly advertising and underwriting, compared with 3.6 cents for Medicare and 1.3 cents for Canada’s government-run system.

And according to a new report in the New England Journal of Medicine:

The gap between U.S. and Canadian spending on health care administration has grown to $752 per capita. A large sum might be saved in the United States if administrative costs could be trimmed by implementing a Canadian-style health care system.

(Via Prometheus.)