A dose of reality on 'Obamacare'

Americans spend more on healthcare than we do, see doctors less and won't live as long. Despite the estimated advantages of the Affordable Care Act, they are also loathe to take their 'Obamacare' medicine.

As Australians it can be hard to understand what Americans have against universal health cover. It is not all of them to be fair. I know many who constantly ask me why Australia has it so good. It is a good question when you think Americans are spending more on health care than anywhere else in the world.

The latest health data from the OECD (the group of 34 market-based economies) shows that Americans fork out 17.7 per cent of GDP on health care costs compared to Australia, which spends about 8.9 per cent.



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