Sunday, May 31, 2009

Facts about Healthcare in the U.S.

Reuters has posted some facts about the U.S. healthcare system. The ones that really stood out to me were:
  • Americans spend more per capita on healthcare than any other country at $7,421 per person, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reports. Yet studies suggest Americans get poorer care than people in other industrialized countries that have national healthcare plans.
  • The U.S. Census Bureau says 46 million Americans, or 15 percent of the population, have no health insurance.
  • Growth in health-insurance premiums has outpaced workers' earnings and inflation since 2004 by a ratio of 4 to 1, according to the Kaiser Foundation.
We are in desperate need of some serious healthcare reform.

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