Australian health care compared with that of the United States

Last Modified: Sun Jul 30 2017 09:05:39 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 6th
    Australia's health care systems rank in efficiency among a list of 55 nations compared in 2014 v/s the U.S. which ranked 44.
  • $4,500
    Amount spent by Australia per capita on health care in 2015, while U.S. spent close to $10,000. This even as every Australian is guaranteed health care as a right. Its universal health care program is also called Medicare that provides all Australians with affordable, accessible and high quality health care.
  • $350
    Average cost of an M.R.I in Australia v/s $1,100 in the U.S. - Health care costs are indeed cheaper in Australia.
  • $1,300
    Average per day hospital costs in Australia v/s $4,300 in the U.S.
  • 9%
    of its GDP was spent on health care by Australia, while the U.S. spent nearly 17%. Australia spends far less for better health outcomes - see life expectancy below:
  • 82.4 years
    Average life expectancy in Australia in 2014, v/s 78.8 in the U.S.
  • 3rd
    Longest life expectancy for Australian men in the world, per a 2014 WHO report, with Australian women were 7th. In comparison the U.S. did not even make it to the top 10.