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The U.S. health care system is not the best in the world

Adapted from OECD Health at a Glance, 2019; Table: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Americans pay the most for health care, by far, out of all developed countries. But we don't have much to show for it in terms of health outcomes or access to care, according to a new OECD report.

Why it matters: As we debate reforms to our health care system, it's worth remembering that the U.S. is an outlier compared to other countries, which have figured out how to get cheaper care without sacrificing quality.