The first comparison of hospital costs across several nations shows administrative costs in the U.S. are twice as much as at hospitals in several other countries. No evidence showed that better care was received in the U.S. where $667 was spent per person. This compared to $158 per person in Canada during 2011. The authors conclude a single-payer reform could save the U.S. $150 billion per year. A report on the study "Bureaucracy consumes one-quarter of U.S. hospitals' budgets, twice as much as in other nations: Health Affairs study," was posted by Physicians for a National Health Program on 9-8-14. It contains a link to the abstract of the study by David U. Himmelstein et al, "A Comparison of Hospital Administrative Costs in Eight Nations: US Costs Exceed All Others By Far," published in the September 2014 issue of Health Affairs. LEARN MORE.