Essay about Health Care : The United States

1456 Words Nov 12th, 2014 6 Pages
Over the past decade, health care costs in the United States have drastically increased, becoming a worldwide concern. This increase has negatively affected hospitals, clinics, and other health facilities, as well as the American people. In 2009, the U.S. spent over $8,000 on health services per person, while New Zealand and Japan spent one-third as much and Switzerland and Norway spent two-thirds as much. In 2009, Health spending in the U.S. was over 17 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) while other countries had less than 12 percent GDP. Research shows that the U.S. spends more on health care than other industrialized countries, yet patient outcomes are less positive.
Technology in the today’s health care industry is constantly evolving. The industry is undeniably dependent on new medical technology. Technological improvements play a vital role in countries across the world. Because of this, health care has improved exponentially. Pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices and medical equipment have created positive contributions that have increased overall health care. Although these advancements are greatly improving the quality of health care, they are drastically increasing the cost of medical services.
After many studies, 81 percent of health economists have agreed that technological advancements are the primary cause of rising health care costs in the U.S. In 2012, the U.S spent over $41 million in medical technology research alone. New technological…

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