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National Spending on Personal Health Care Reached $9,107 Per Person, Up 221% Since 1980 After Adjusting for Inflation
by USAFacts
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  • Bret
    06/19/2019

    What this report FAILS to address is the average age of the "per capita" in this calculation. Two known facts: the US population is living longer, and as people age, they use more healthcare services. The graphs and charts lead readers to believe that something may be amiss in healthcare. But the issue is more likely a natural progression of an aging population. Consider this: the cost of gasoline consumption per capita in the US has gone up over the years. Is that because: the number of licensed drivers has increased? the use of mass transportation is down? The number of cars driven has increased? The MPG of cars in the US has decreased? The cost of gasoline in the US has gone up? Or the number of young people who do not hold drivers licenses has decreased? "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." - Mark Twain, citing British prime minister Benjamin Disraeli

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