Still, Switzerland health-care system does not have all the answers. For starters, it’s one of the most expensive, according to the Paris-based OECD. The nation spent $5,270 on health care per person in 2010, the third-highest globally behind the U.S., at $8,233 per person, and Norway’s $5,388, OECD data show […]The bottom line: the experience in Switzerland shows that a standard benefits package might work best in the U.S. rather than the myriad of offerings now under consideration. And Americans should not expect the health law to contain costs.
Comparative studies like this are incredibly important as we try to move forward with health care policy. Looking at how the systems in other countries operate can give us a better sense of where different kinds of experiments will lead. This is also all the more reason we should allow US states more autonomy in trying out different solutions to our health care crisis. International comparisons will always be helpful, but no studies would be more useful for national policies than the ones that look at US states.Read the whole thing.