When it comes to the healthcare system, there are too many hospitals in the U.S., according to a new report from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.
It’s an important reminder that the nation’s largest health insurer doesn’t provide comprehensive health information to the public, says a report from Kaiser, which compiled the data from the state-by-state rankings and compared them to national benchmarks.
“We think it’s important that the public understands how they compare to other countries and how they’re doing relative to other nations,” says Kaiser’s Laura Pitter.
“The United States has been the only developed country that hasn’t updated its national benchmark to make it more comparable to other developed countries.”
In addition to its ranking of the most expensive U.K. hospitals, the report notes that the U-20 and U-35 cohort in the top five were ranked the least healthy by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The top five in the ranking include the three largest and most expensive hospitals in America.
The most expensive was St Jude Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, with a bill for $1.9 million.
The third most expensive is Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., with a rate of $3.1 million.
“It’s not surprising that the hospital is the most costly in America, but the ranking makes it sound so,” says Mark Gersh, senior vice president of global research at Kaiser.
“In reality, the average cost per patient in the four hospitals in our report is more than the average in Europe, Japan, and Canada.
In the U, it’s just under $3,000.”
The U.N. estimates that in 2025, the United Kingdom will have the most hospital beds per capita in the world at about 3,500.
“For the average patient in this country, we estimate they would need to spend almost $50,000 in total in order to get to the hospital, compared to the average hospital in Japan and Canada, and more than double in the OECD,” says Pitter, referring to OECD countries.