Should the doc fix get fixed?

Primary care doctors in the United States earn just over $186,000, about $20,000 more than any colleagues abroad. The disparity is even greater among specialists: Orthopedic surgeons here have an average salary of $442,450, which is just about double what other developed nations pay the same medical professionals. Here’s what all that looks like in a chart from the Commonwealth Fund, which uses OECD data:

We pay more for doctors, but we don’t necessarily get better health outcomes. That same Commonwealth Fund survey found that the United States lagged on a number of health-care measures, from how long patients wait to see a specialist to life expectancy.

Read the whole story on WonkBlog.


About James Crist

How do we stop America's decline? The country is in trouble and we can all feel it. Where did we go wrong? How do we fix it? We now have an auction-based government, for sale to the highest bidder. Politicians have become nothing more than corporate whores and pawns for the rich. If we want our representatives to represent us, let them get their campaign money from us, their constituents. We have to amend the constitution to get the big money out of politics.
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