A recent study published in Health Affairs by the National Pharmaceutical Council and Anthem suggests that low spending on social programs is not driving high health care spending.
Some suggest that low social spending ultimately has a negative impact on outcomes and is a key driver of high health spending, according to a Going Below the Surface post, but the study found that “social spending in the [U.S.] was slightly above the average of other developed nations.”
“We found that countries that spent more on social services tended to spend more on health care,” the study states. “Adjusting for poverty and unemployment rates and the proportion of people older than sixty-five did not meaningfully change these associations.”
To read the study on Health Affairs, click here. (Paid subscription required)