The U.S. spends more on health care as a percentage of GDP than any other country in the world. In 2019, the dollar amount on health care spending came out to $3.8 trillion — nearly one-fifth of the U.S. economy.
But spending does not always equate to better health outcomes. Americans die of preventable and treatable diseases at higher rates than those in other high-income nations.
Meanwhile, a significant number of Americans — more than 30 million — have no health insurance at all. That number is expected to grow as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Watch the event discussing how U.S. health care compares to the rest of the world starting at noon ET May 5. Have questions for our panel? Submit them in the form below.
During a recent PBS NewsHour special, “Critical Care: America vs. the World,” correspondent William Brangham, producer Jason Kane, Dr. Ashish K. Jha of Brown University’s School of Public Health and Tsung-Mei Cheng of Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs, among other sources, looked at what the U.S. might learn from health care systems in other nations. The team traveled to the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Australia and Canada as part of its reporting.
In a conversation sponsored by the Commonwealth Fund, Brangham, Kane, Jha and Cheng will discuss what they found during a PBS NewsHour live event beginning at noon ET on Wednesday, May 5. What questions about affordable health care and the U.S. health care system would you like to hear answered? Please submit your questions using the Google Form below and join us for the livestream on Wednesday by playing the YouTube video above.