Essay about Problems With the U.S. Healthcare System

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What Seems To Be The Problem? A discussion of the current problems in the U.S. healthcare system.

The U.S. healthcare system is very complex in structure hence it can be appraised with diverse perspectives. From one viewpoint it is described as the most unparalleled health care system in the world, what with the cutting-edge medical technology, the high quality human resources, and the constantly-modernized facilities that are symbolic of the system. This is in addition to the proliferation of innovations aimed at increasing life expectancy and enhancing the quality of life as well as diagnostic
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Life expectancy at birth in the U.S. is 36th in the world, below most developed nations and some developing nations. The U.S. healthcare system has been subpar in its contribution to these objectives, as the overall health of the population is not improving as fast as spending – although to be fair one can argue that there are several factors external to the healthcare system that influence the objective of improving the overall health of the population. On the other objectives of increasing access to quality healthcare, reducing disparities and protecting households from financial insolvency due to medical expenses, the U.S. healthcare system has been found lacking.

Discussion The U.S. spends more on health expenditure per person than any other country, with the growth rate in health care spending generally rising faster than the overall economic growth. The share of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) allocated to health care spending grew from 9% of GDP in 1980 to over 16% of GDP in 2008 (Kff.org, 2011). We spend about twice as much as Japan, a country which is generally accepted as having the best health system in the world. Health care expenditures in the United States rose to $2.5 Trillion, amounting to $8,086 per person and 17.6% of GDP in 2009; and $2.6 trillion, $8,402 per person or 17.9% percent of GDP in 2010. Spending on hospital

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