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This article reports the findings of a study developed to compare health care costs in the United States with those of eight other industrially advanced countries over the period 1960-76. All of the countries studied were found to share with the United States the problem of increased health care spending that has outpaced inflation in other sectors of the(More)
More than 5 years have passed since publication of Brian Abel-Smith's study for the World Health Organization (WHO) ;1 It still is widely recognized as the only definitive study in the international health field with adequate comparability of data. An earlier Social Security Administration (SSA) analysis, attempting to update the figures in the 1967 WHO(More)
Drawing on data from various sources, this article compares the 1980 and 1983 levels of spending on social security and health in the United States with the levels in seven other countries: and Japan. Currently, in the United States, social security is customarily understood to include only old-age, survivors, and disability insurance (OASDI). Based on this(More)
This article is based on the findings of a study developed to compare health care costs in the United States during 1970-80 with those of six other industrially advanced countries--Canada, France, the Federal Republic of Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Although health care expenditures in the United States have traditionally been(More)
The Polish Government, in 1977, inaugurated a new pension program that made old-age and invalidity benefits available for the first time to most farmers in that country. The evolution and eventual failure of that program were closely intertwined with a growing national economic crisis, manifested in widespread popular unrest and culminating in emergence of(More)
The data in Social Security Programs Throughout the World, 1979 indicate that new programs and improved benefits continue to be developed in many countries to increase protection against the economic consequences of old age, invalidity, sickness, work injury, unemployment, and death. A comparison with previous reports in the series reveals that payroll(More)
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