The unsatisfactory outcomes Americans obtain from our notoriously profligate annual expenditures on health care are well-documented. A recent New York Times article explores an out-of-the-box explanation for the weak U.S. performance on these key measures of overall health.
The study found that government funding of employment training programs, old-age pensions, and rent subsidies has an overlooked (at least in the U.S.) and fortuitous benefit. Possibly counterintuitively, countries with high spending on health care relative to social spending had higher infant mortality rates and lower life expectancies than countries that spent more on social services. Such spending serves self-interest, if we could only see it.
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