just moved ahead, she added.
Among other countries, Britain got the top score in overall healthcare followed by Germany. New Zealand and Australia tied for third followed by Canada and the US.
A second study delved into why health costs in the United States are so much higher than in eight other countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development: Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands and New Zealand.
The study, Multinational Comparisons of Health Systems Data, found that even though the US spends the most on publicly and privately financed health insurance; its citizens had the most potential years of life lost due to circulatory and respiratory diseases as well as diabetes.
This study blows a lot of myths about the US health system, Davis warns.
We spend three times what the average country spends on a day of hospital care and we also spend twice what the average country spends on prescription medication.
Healthcare is likely to be a prominent issue in the 2008 US presidential elections with various candidates already promising to tackle rising costs and the burden placed on big business to provide health insurance.
Per-capita health spending in the United States in 2004 was $6,102, twice that of Germany, which spent $3,005. Canada spent $3,165, New Zealand $2,083 and Australia $2,876, while Britain spent $2,546 per person.
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