“As is well known, US health care costs are far higher than those in any other nation (Table 3). However, the high level of tax-funded spending in the United States receives less attention. Indeed, tax-funded health expenditures in the United States account for a larger share of gross domestic product (11.2% in 2013) than do total health expenditures in any other nation.
Note. GDP = gross domestic product; OECD = Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development; PPP = purchasing power parity. US figures are from national health expenditure accounts; figures for other nations are from OECD data. Figures for tax-funded spending in nations other than the United States exclude tax subsidies to private spending; Switzerland does not offer tax subsidies for employer payments for coverage.”
David U. Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler, 2016:The Current and Projected Taxpayer Shares of US Health Costs.American Journal of Public Health 106, 449-452