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America Far Behind in World Health Study; U.S. 50th in Global Life Expectancy

November 24, 2010 by Brett Wilkins in Health & Medicine, World with 0 Comments

A new study by the Commonwealth Fund confirms what is already widely known: Americans pay far more per capita for healthcare than any other nation but they get less for their money than anyone else.

One out of every three Americans has gone without needed medical care because they could not afford it. That’s more than six times as many Dutch who’ve skipped a doctor’s visit for lack of money.

One in five Americans has had major problems paying their medical bills. That’s ten times the number of Britons, where only 2% have had such difficulties.

Common misperceptions about “socialized medicine” (which all of the other countries in the study have), like long waits to see doctors, were debunked: whereas only 57% of Americans report being able to see a doctor the same or the next day if necessary, 90% of Swiss said they could do so.

As a result of the United States not having universal healthcare, some 59 million Americans have no health insurance. That’s one out of every six people. Each year 45,000 of them die¬†prematurely because they lack coverage.

This is undoubtedly part of the reason why the United States has fallen to 50th place in worldwide life expectancy— just above Albania.

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