On the rising cost of health care from Timothy Noah’s column, “Health Haves and Have-Nots: The true cost of spiraling medical inflation,”  in Slate:

According to a study in the April 2009 McKinsey Quarterly, between 1996 and 2005, households that received health insurance through work saw their premiums rise from 7 percent of their total income on average to 10 percent. You could argue that medical advances during this decade justified Americans digging deeper into their pockets for health care. But some dug deeper than others. For households earning more than $130,000, the bump was from 2.6 percent of total income to an irritating but still-manageable 3.3 percent. For households earning less than $27,300, however, the bump was from an already high 14 percent of total income to an extremely burdensome 20 percent.

The study referred to in the quote is here: “How health care costs contribute to income disparity in the United State.

And to get a sense of international cost comparisons I thought I’d include this graph:

International Per Capita Health Care Costs

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