Hot off the presses is a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which compares the health of residents of the United States and the United Kingdom.
One of the key findings in the comparison is the differences between the two countries. The United States spends $5274 per person, per year, on health care and the United Kingdom spends $2164
The study made sure to have 'apple to apple' comparisons given the different demographics in the two counties, so the comparison is between 45-55 year old non-Hispanic white men and women.
The findings are brutal. By basically every standard, Americans are sicker than the Brits. Diabetes, for instance is roughly double in the US than it is in the UK. The rates of other common ailments – hypertension, heart disease, heart attacks, stroke, lung disease and cancer – are also all higher in the United States. And oftern a lot higher, despite the fact that the Brits smoke about the same amount and drink twice as much as Americans. So much for the best health system money can buy.