Health-Care Facts About the United States You Might Not Know

Health-Care Facts About the United States You Might Not Know

1. Approximately 50 million Americans lack health insurance, and of those, 33 million are children

It’s hardly surprising that some Americans continue to lack health insurance. Despite its goal of insuring “everyone” in the United States, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) left large gaps in coverage, and actions made by the law’s opponents denied benefits to millions of individuals.

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However, the new data show that the majority of the uninsured last year were those who should have been able to get insurance under the legislation.

This provides a significant obstacle for President Obama in his final years in office, but also an opportunity: millions of Americans are eligible for coverage but haven’t signed up for whatever reason.

2. The United States spends the most on health care of any country in the planet.

Health-Care Facts About the United States You Might Not Know

Health-care spending in the United States and other industrialized nations, including data on per-person spending and growth rates in recent years and across time.

Data through 2020 demonstrate that the United States spends much more on health care than other countries, both per capita and compared to wealth.

3. In the United States, people who make more than $100,000 a year are twice as likely to have private health insurance as those who make less than $25,000 a year.

Full-time, year-round employment, as well as an annual income of at least a moderate level, provide families with the highest possibilities of obtaining and maintaining health insurance (greater than 200 percent of the federal poverty level [FPL]).

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Many factors of employment, including work status, income level, educational attainment, occupation, and employer characteristics such as company size and employment sector, are substantially correlated with insured status.

4. In the United States, people who are uninsured are three times as likely to die from a preventable disease as people who have health insurance.

Health insurance serves to safeguard against the high expenses of catastrophic disease while also facilitating access to health care services. In comparison to uninsured Americans, insured Americans are more likely to receive recommended screening and care for chronic diseases.

5. The United States spends more on health care than any other country in the world, but has the highest rates of mortality and morbidity.

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Mortality amenable to healthcare is a measure of the number of deaths that can be avoided with early and adequate care. While the healthcare system cannot be expected to prevent every death, disparities in amendable mortality reveal how well healthcare is given.

More shocking facts about the US healthcare system

  • What factors contribute to the high cost of healthcare in the United States? Rather than just overusing medical services, a research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association discovered that the high cost of medical treatments and procedures is what drives healthcare costs in the United States to be twice as high as in other affluent nations. The Wall Street Journal
  • Almost two-thirds of the $3.3 trillion cost – 64 percent – is borne by American taxpayers, and this figure is rising. According to a research published in the American Journal of Public Health, taxpayers will bear 67.3 percent of the burden of healthcare expenditures by 2024, according to Physicians for a National Health Program.
  • According to healthcare staffing provider Staff Care, if you get to see the doctor, don’t be shocked if you’re hustled out of the exam room before you have all of your questions addressed. According to studies, 41 percent of ophthalmologists spend only 9 to 12 minutes with a patient, while 40 percent of cardiologists, 37 percent of pediatricians, 35 percent of urologists, 35 percent of family physicians, 34 percent of obstetricians and gynecologists, and 30 percent of otolaryngologists have 13- to 16-minute appointments.
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Health-Care Facts About the United States You Might Not Know