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Here’s a reminder of the disastrous state of American healthcare.
It was a big week for Medicare for All. The House Rules Committee held its first-ever congressional hearing to discuss U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s (D-Wash.) Medicare for All Act of 2019, and the Congressional Budget Office will release a report addressing many of the key questions about single-payer healthcare. This discussion couldn’t come soon enough.
Here’s a statistical snapshot of the gravity of America’s current healthcare crisis.
- 28,300,000 – People uninsured in the United States in the first quarter of 2018.
- 530,000 – Estimated number of families who file bankruptcy each year due to medical issues and bills
- 44% – Americans who didn’t go to a doctor when they were sick or injured because of cost, according
- 34% – Cancer patients who borrowed money from friends or family to pay for care in 2016
- 79% – Increased death rate for cancer patients who filed for bankruptcy in 2016
- $75,375 – Cost of a heart bypass operation in 2016 in the U.S.
- $15,742 – Cost of a heart bypass operation in 2016 in the Netherlands
- $1,443 – U.S. per capita spending on pharmaceutical costs in 2016, the highest in the world
- 840% – Increase in spending for insulin from 2007 to 2017 on Medicare Part D (Medicare’s prescription drug plan)
- $5,110,000,000,000 – Estimated 10-year cost savings of the single-payer healthcare system proposed in Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All Act