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Heart surgery can break the bank. An American heart bypass procedure can cost a patient over $144,000. Patients are finding medical tourism a more sensible option, with an Indian heart bypass procedure only costing around $5,200.

Healthcare System and Quality in the United States

Healthcare in the United States is provided by both public and private sector hospitals and allied facilities. The private sector dominates healthcare – about 62% of all hospitals are non-profit. The government is the owner of 20% of the country's healthcare facilities. Approximately 18% of the total numbers of US hospitals are for-profit entities.

According to statistics published by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the number of practicing doctors in the United States is 2.4 per 1,000 compared to the OECD average of 3.1. The number of General Practitioners (GPs) is 0.3 in contrast to OECD's 1.23. Positive news comes in the number of specialists per 1,000; the US ranks favorably with 2.1, while other OECD nations show an average of 1.93.  

Furthermore, eight of the top 10 medical advances of the past 20 years were developed in the U.S. More Americans have been awarded the Nobel Prizes in Medicine and Physiology, as compared to researchers from all other countries combined. 

Remark: The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an international economic group comprised of 34 nations, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Solvak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, and United States.

Quality of Healthcare


In the international arena, US hospitals often rank highly in specialty healthcare. Approximately 147 hospitals earned a ranking by U.S News for a minimum of one specialty. For example, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center achieved first rank in cancer treatment. In rankings related to Cardiology and Heart Surgery, The Cleveland Clinic topped the list. In Orthopedics, the Hospital for Special Surgery took the honors. 

The United States has an outstanding health care system. It shows consistent superiority over other nations in the quality of treatment. The North American nation is responsible for major advances in technology related to healthcare and the latest treatments are available in both large as well as small communities throughout the United States'. 

A number of US cities are home to the best hospitals in the world. According to the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals ranking, the top 5 cities with the best hospitals in the country include New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, and Washington D.C. (ranked by order).  

According to the report, the best hospitals in the United States that score near the top in at least 6 out of 16 medical specializations are:
1. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
2. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
3. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
4. Cleveland Clinic
5. UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles
6. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago
7. New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, New York
8. UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco
9. Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston
10. UPMC-University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
11. Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
12. Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.
13. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles
14. NYU Langone Medical Center, New York
15. Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University, St. Louis
16. IU Health Academic Health Center, Indianapolis
17. Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia
18. University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland

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