High per capita cost and unequal access to healthcare in the US

At more than $10,000 a year per person, and nearly 18 percent of all goods and services, health care in America has the highest health care rates in the world, consuming roughly twice as much as other well-off countries.
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We spend billions more on healthcare than other industrialized nations yet we are the only industrialized country in the world that does not provide some type of universal health coverage to its people. No one dies due to lack of healthcare access in other industrialized countries, and yet a study done by Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Health Alliance found that nearly 45,000 deaths occur annually in our country due to lack of healthcare access. According to this study, there is a 40% increased risk of death in uninsured American adults. In 2018, the US spent $3.6 trillion in on healthcare, equivalent to 18% of the nation's GDP that year. This is $750 billion or 27% more than the per capita costs of healthcare in other developed countries, yet WHO ranks our healthcare system’s performance 37th in the world.

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