In 2015, social services expenditures as a share in the U.S. were 16.1% of the gross domestic product (GDP). This is slightly lower than the 17.0% of GDP spent on social services by countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). When educational spending is also accounted for, the United States spent 19.7% of its GDP on social spending compared to an OECD average of 17.7% of GDP. The researchers observed that countries that spent more on social programs often spent more on health care (a comprehensive set of health care goods and . . .