“In the US, we spend $2.8 trillion on healthcare, which represents 17% of our GDP.”
We’ve all heard these statistics, but what do they actually mean? For example, what does it mean to spend $880 billion a year on hospital care? These numbers are so large it is difficult to make sense of them on a human scale. In a recent JAMA article, former ONC chief Dr. Farzad Mostashari provides a refreshing bottom-up reframing of how an individual primary care physician (PCP) is able to move the needle on healthcare spending.