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Facts and Figures on Our Health Care System

Public Citizen Health Letter

 

August 2007

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.

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