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Notes 8 May 2017

Dr. Otis Brawley (Wikipedia)

Comparison of Healthcare costs in Maine collected by Maine Health Data Organization

Colonoscopy from $1,248 to $5,094

Knee replacement $28K-$66K

Arthroscopy of knee $5,000 -> $13,000


Per Capita Healthcare costs


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How healthcare is financed

What happened in 1981?

Costs of Administration in the US

Direct to Consumer Advertising of Pharmaceutical

Costs of Drug

From here.

I also found a longer article that provides a lot more data about the financing of health care worldwide.
And this one on global health.


Offshore healthcare costs from here.

From BCBS here.

Kaiser Health costs

Kaiser Health Care Prescription cost

Medical costs were at 17.8% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2015 according to the USCenters for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in the National Health Expenditure Fact Sheet. They are almost certainly higher today.
The US economy has been growing at less than 2% per year over the past few decades. Here, from Kaiser Foundation, is the stark reality, in one graph,

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this talk by Dr. Otis Brawley (Wikipedia)

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