I was intrigued by this article by Stanford and MIT professors, Liran Einav, Amy Finkelstein, and Atul Gupta in the most recent issue of the American Economic Review (ungated version here). We are all aware that Americans spend a lot on health care, but there seems to be a lot of disagreement as to why. Some say it's too much government regulation. Others say too little. These authors point out, however, that spending on pet health care roughly mirrors that on humans despite the fact that this is a largely unregulated industry.
The authors write:
A couple figures from the paper.