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My name is Carol Brown. I first met Parklast February when I needed some major surgery done with sinuses and infection in my jawbone. We were really impressed. He spent a lot of time explaining every detail to us,and we felt very comfortable. It's been a long process. It's still not finished,but we feel wonderful about the things that he was able to accomplish. Even with all ofhis knowledge and expertise, he didn't hesitate to call in specialists when he felt like theywere needed. We just feel like I've been given a new lease on life and feel wonderfuland excited to get this process over with. We've really appreciated the staff and Park and all that he has been able to accomplish.

Why Are American Health Care Costs So High

Good morning Hank, it's Tuesday. I want totalk today about why healthcare costs in the United States are so phenomenally, fascinatinglyexpensive, but first I have to blow your mind: Alright, so you've probably heard that thereason that people enjoy quot;freequot; healthcare in Australia and the UK and Canada, etc, etcis that they pay higher taxes. That money then goes into a big pot and is used to payfor people's healthcare, but in fact, in the US, we spend more tax money per capita onhealthcare than Germany, Australia, the UK, or Canada. That's right Hank: you pay more in taxes forhealthcare than you would if you were British,

and in exchange for those taxes, you get nohealthcare. In fact, only about 28% of Americans get theirhealth insurance through government funded programs, mostly poor people, old people,and Congresspeople. But as you can see in this graph our private healthcare spending(most Americans are privately insured through their employers) is WAY higher than anywhereelse in the world. In total, the US currently spends about 18% of its gross domestic product on healthcare costs. Australia by comparisoné 9%. Why is thisé Well because everything costsmore, which seems obvious, but apparently

isn't, because every article you read is likequot;Oh it's because of malpractice insurancequot; or quot;it's because we're obesequot; or we go tothe too much or people are prescribed too many medications. Well, not really. It's because everything costs more. A hipreplacement in Belgium costs $13,000. In the US it's often over $100,000. Colonoscopiesaverage over $1100 a piece in the US; in Switzerland they're $655. And on average a month of thedrug Lipitor will cost you $124 if you live in the US. If you live in New Zealandé $7. Now we are also—not to brag—richer thanall of these countries, so it makes sense

that we should spend a little more on healthcare.But we don't spend a little more. We spend a ton more. And vitally, we don't get anythingfor that money, which means we are essentially paying people to dig holes and then fill thoseholes back up. Like we don't live longer—in fact we're 33rd in life expectancy—and ineverything from asthma to cancer, according to one recent nonpartisan study, American healthcareoutcomes are quot;not notably superior.quot; So why are we spending all of this money fornothingé Well first, let's discuss some of the problems that are not actually problems. For instance, the problem is not socalledquot;overutilization:quot; the idea that Americans

go to the more and get more tests andspend more time in s. We know this because Americans actually go to the less than Europeans and spend much less time in s, although to be fair, you canstay in a Dutch for seven nights for what it costs to stay in an American for one night, so no wonder we're hesitant. Also it is not because we're sicker than otherpeople. Everyone likes to blame obesity on our rising healthcare costs, but yeah, no.That argument is just not supported by data. For one thing, disease prevalence does notaffect healthcare costs that much. And for another thing, while we do have more obesityin the United States, which sometimes leads

to health problems, we have fewer smokersand less alcohol consumption (reallyé Apparently yes). So that saves us a little money, andif you compare us to like the British or the French, in the end it's probably a wash. Hank, the truth, as usual, is complex. Like,there are obvious inefficiencies in our healthcare system. For instance, not everyone has insurance.If you don't have insurance, you still get healthcare, but you're responsible for payingfor that healthcare, which often you can't do, so you end up going bankrupt. That sucksfor you, obviously, because you're bankrupt, but it also sucks for the rest of us becausewe have to pay not only for your care, but

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