The Joy of Actual Critical Thought and the Question of Why Are American Health Care Costs So High?


You owe it to yourself to watch this entire video, the whole thing, in which 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.) Brace yourself, this is not a pretty picture.

For a much more thorough examination of health care expenses in America, Green recommends this series at The Incidental Economist:

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:

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