U.S. residents aren’t undergoing more health procedures than residents of typical peer countries: Utilization level for various medical interventions, U.S. compared with 30 advanced peer countries, 2015

U.S. OECD minimum OECD maximum 30-OECD-peer-country average
Angioplasty 0.19 2.15 1.03
Appendectomy 0.79 2.03 1.39
C-section 0.41 1.92 0.76
Hip replacement 0.12 1.49 0.76
Knee replacement 0.03 0.93 0.47


Notes: Utilization measures are normalized by population. U.S. levels are set at 1, and measures of utilization for other countries are indexed relative to the U.S. Comparisons are with 30 OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries.

Source: Author’s analysis of OECD 2018a

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