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The cost of health care in Western countries 

The cost of health care in Western countries
The cost of health care in Western countries

Joseph White


May 30, 2013: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.

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date: 19 September 2021

All advanced industrial countries socialize most health care costs because their citizens view relatively equal access to such care as a mark of a decent society. This makes the costs of health care a policy issue, because governments need to relate costs to revenues, and there are limits to the willingness of citizens, especially wealthier citizens, to pay for others....

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