Recent statistics on U.S. health insurance received at a recent Roundtable Discussion:
- The USA spends 16.2 percent of its GDP (Gross Domestic Product) on insurance, Canada 11 percent.
- Per-capita spending for medical care: USA $7498, France $4000.
- Heart bypass/angioplasty per 100,000: USA 587, Switzerland 115.
- CT Scanners per million: Japan 92, USA 32, UK 7.
- Average per day in-hospital expenses: USA $2434, Australia $848.
- Specialist annual income: USA $230,000, Germany $77,000.
In the world, the USA has the 5th highest caesarean section rate, one of the top five rates of organ transplants, and one of the top five of intensive heart procedures such as Revascularization, CABGs (Heart Bypass), and angioplasties.
What is also of interest is that overseas workers receive 85 percent of their medical care in the USA. If overseas workers received less medical care in the USA, it would have a tremendous impact on insurance rates. Most international plans do not charge co-insurance if medical care is received outside the USA. Therefore, getting care outside the USA would also save you money.
Our suggestion is to choose a plan with a high deductible to keep your rates down and get most of your medical care outside the USA, even if it means going to another country, e.g., Thailand or Singapore.
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