I was forwarded a link to an article published this week in the Atlantic entitled 10 Ways to Visualize How Americans Spend Money on Health Care. Although I am very familiar with the topic and the data, seeing it graphically is always startling. I refer you to three of the graphs in particular. The first

 

 

 

 

 

 

shows what we get for our money as compared to other countries. The second

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

illustrates who gets the “benefit” of that excess spending. The third

 

 

 

 

shows what will happen if nothing changes.

The comments following the article illustrate that presenting people with data that contradicts their deeply held beliefs leads to ad hominem attacks and responses defending these beliefs with half truths and inaccurate statistics. I’m so tired of people blaming victims of violence and McDonalds for our expensive health care.

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