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The Global Gap In Health Care Dollars For Young And Old Is Huge

The U.S. has one kind of gap. The developing world has another, as a new report points out.
Source: Brittany Mayes

The United States spends a lot of money taking care of the health needs of old people.

In 2010, for example, each person 65 and older received $18,424 in health care services. That's five times more than the $3,628 in spending per child under 18, and three times more than the $6,125 per working-age adult, according to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.

"In the developed world, people live longer with very intense disease — and costly treatment," says Vegard Skirbekk, professor at Columbia

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