John Green: Why Are American Health Care Costs So High?

(Last Updated On: October 25, 2017)


In this video from 2013, author, John Green, discusses the complicated reasons why the United States spends so much more on health care than any other country in the world, and along the way reveals some surprising information, including that Americans spend more of their tax dollars on public health care than people in Canada, the UK, or Australia. Who’s at fault? Insurance companies? Drug companies? Malpractice lawyers? Hospitals? Or is it more complicated than a simple blame game? (Hint: It’s that one.)

For a much more thorough examination of health care expenses in America, I recommend this series at The Incidental Economist: What Makes The US Health Care System so Expensive – Introduction; The Commonwealth Fund’s Study of Health Care Prices in the US, Some of the stats in this video also come from this New York Times story, Paying Till It Hurts A Case Study In High Costs

This is the first part in what will be a periodic series on health care costs and reforms leading up to the introduction of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, in 2014.

Despite his somewhat flippant style of presentation, Green makes several very thought-provoking observations, backed up by statistical comparisons from across Europe. This video is said to be the first in a series, which is one is one I will be keen to see, and from which I hope to learn.

John and Hank Green have had a collaborative video channel on YouTube since January of 2007. They have made more than 1050 videos, which have been viewed more than 305 million times and now have over one million YouTube subscribers.

John Green is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Looking for AlaskaAn Abundance of KatherinesPaper Towns, and The Fault in Our Stars. He is also the co-author, with David Levithan, of Will Grayson, Will Grayson. He was the 2006 recipient of the Michael L Printz Award, a 2009 Edgar Award winner, and has twice been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Thanks to John and Hank Green: Nerdfighteria.

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