Whenever health care initiatives and innovations are spoken of in the U.S. it always seems to be that someone declares that U.K universal healthcare isn't as good as U.S. The rumours abound that there are waiting lists, less nurses and doctors in U.K (the rumours exist for this about Canada...for some reason there are runours we have extraodinary wait times in hospitals and to see a doctor. We don't...but besides...since when is health care to be compared to "fast food"?)
Well, the U.K. calls bullshit on that...
Health spending as a share of GDP
Public spending on healthcare (% of total spending on healthcare)
Health spending per head
Practising physicians (per 1,000 people)
Nurses (per 1,000 people)
Acute care hospital beds (per 1,000 people)
Infant mortality (per 1,000 live births)
Source: WHO/OECD Health Data 2009
From The Brutal Truth About Healthcare"