Voluntary healthcare payments – including for private health insurance – totalled more than $1,685 per capita in the USA in 2019.
This is lower than the figure in Switzerland, where voluntary payments were worth $2,745 per capita.
However, the USA’s private spending continues to soar far above that in many other nations. American private health spending is five times higher than Canada’s, for instance.
Why is life expectancy in the US lower than in other rich countries?
The graph below shows the relationship between what USA as a country spends on health per person and life expectancy in that country between 1970 and 2015 for a number of rich countries.
The US clearly stands out as the chart shows: Americans spend far more on health than any other country in the world, yet the life expectancy of the American population is shorter than in other rich countries that spend far less.