Facts and Figures on Our Health Care System
Public Citizen Health Letter
The following uniquely American and unacceptable health care scenarios will hopefully force the necessary changes in our so-called health care system:
- 45 million uninsured and at least another 55 million underinsured, about 1/3 of the population without adequate insurance;
- 1.8 million American veterans without health insurance or access to the VA health system (Support our troops??);
- Medical bankruptcy, caused by inadequate health insurance, being one of the most common causes of personal bankruptcy;
- The only country with most care delivered by or through for-profit entities such as insurance companies, HMOs, nursing homes and dialysis centers;
- Annual excess administrative costs/waste of more than $350 billion a year because of multiple payers;
- A system that employs tens of thousands of people to specialize in denying care (non-health care professional private sector bureaucrats).
Common to all presidential “plans” to solve this problem — except for that of Representative Kucinich — is the retention of the major cause of the problem, the health insurance industry. A single-payer system eliminates these middle men and uses the freed-up funds to provide health care and, as articulated by the Labor Party, Just Health Care.