The United States spends more on the average poor person than [other advanced] countries spend on the average person.
In fact, the MEPS data understate spending in the United States, in part, as it is limited to the noninstitutional population. Therefore, it excludes nursing home expenditures. When those are added in, the per capita spending in the United States on those in poverty will turn out to be higher
For Discussion. What evidence suggests that the poor receive inadequate health care, the high spending notwithstanding?