More and more Americans are becoming disillusioned with the modern healthcare system, and the changes the people want are not being made. Polls have shown only 33% of Americans are satisfied with their healthcare coverage, and over 50% consider there to be major problems with the system.
What many Americans don’t know, however, is the extent to which the health care system in the USA is broken. A common point in rhetoric on healthcare, from both Republicans and Democrats, is that Americans would pay more if the country switched to a single payer system. Even though it the USA is one of the only developed countries in the world not to provide universal, government healthcare, Americans pay the most per capita for health care of any country on the planet, and get worse results.
The United States pays $8,233 per capita on healthcare every year, for a total of $2.6 trillion. This number is anywhere from $2845 to $5505 dollars higher than in other countries. In spite of this, the USA has the lowest life expectancy, highest infant mortality rate, and most deaths from disease and injury per capita. Additionally, the USA has the highest rates of obesity, diabetes, AIDS, adolescent pregnancies, and teenagers with STD’s of all developed countries.
What does the future hold for American healthcare? Polls have shown only 34% of respondents approve of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, when prior polls showed 77% of respondents supporting health care reform. Many of the measures contained in the Affordable Care Act have yet to take effect, and many of them will help solve some of these problems in the short term, but those are a year off, at the shortest. In the long term, much bigger changes will have to be made, and only time will tell what happens.
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