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In a New York Times opinion piece by Elizabeth H. Bradley and Lauren Taylor, they  question the premise that the United States spends more than any other country on health care.

In their comparative study of 30 industrialized countries, published earlier this year in the journal BMJ Quality and Safety, they broadened the scope of traditional health care industry analyses to include spending on social services, like rent subsidies, employment-training programs, unemployment benefits, old-age pensions, family support and other services that can extend and improve life.

Their conclusion:  “If you count spending on social services, other countries spend more to achieve a healthier society than the United States does.”