“It is difficult to compare over time health care expenditures, costs, and output.” Do you agree or disagree? Why?

What will be an ideal response?


Agree. First, expenditures and costs are not the same thing. A system like Britain’s has lower expenditures but not necessarily lower costs since people spend more time waiting for services. Years ago, expenditures were much lower, partially because people suffered and died from ailments that now can be cured. Further, as improvements in health care permit longer lives, health care expenditures will increase. The interrelationships between health care, technology, costs, and expenditures are extremely complicated.