1 in 5 Americans have Donated to a Medical Crowdfunding Campaign

1 in 5 Americans have Donated to a Medical Crowdfunding Campaign “Millions of Americans are contributing to crowdfunding platforms to help pay for rising healthcare expenses, researchers found. One in five people reported contributing to crowdfunding campaigns to cover medical bills and treatments, according to a survey of just over 1,000 people released by the National Opinion […]

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18% of those 50-64 Avoid Medical Care or Filling Prescriptions Due to Cost

18% of those 50-64 Avoid Medical Care or Filling Prescriptions Due to Cost “…Avoidance of Medical Care and Association With Health Insurance Affordability Concerns Approximately 13.2% (95% CI, 11.2%-15.5%) of respondents said that they did not get medical care in the past year because of cost (Table 2). In addition, 11.9% (95% CI, 9.9%-14.1%) reported […]

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Improved Medicare for All Would Save Over 68000 Lives and $450 billion Annually

Improved Medicare for All Would Save Over 68000 Lives and $450 billion Annually “SUMMARY Although health care expenditure per capita is higher in the USA than in any other country, more than 37 million Americans do not have health insurance, and 41 million more have inadequate access to care. Efforts are ongoing to repeal the […]

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Equal Access to Healthcare in the U.S. Decreases Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Death Rates

Equal Access to Healthcare in the U.S. Decreases Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Death Rates “Access to health care in the United States hinges on a number of factors, including employment status, geographic location and financial resources. Disparities in access to health care can lead to disparities in health; these disparities often fall along racial and ethnic lines. New research shows that when […]

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Veterans Health Administration Coverage Associated with Large Reductions in Medication Nonadherence Among Those with Chronic illness and with Reduced Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities

Veterans Health Administration Coverage Associated with Large Reductions in Medication Nonadherence Among Those with Chronic illness and with Reduced Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities “..High out-of-pocket drug spending worsens adherence and outcomes, especially for patients who are poor, chronically ill, or members of minority groups. The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) system provides drugs at minimal cost, […]

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18.2% of those 50-64 Avoid Medical Care or Filling Prescriptions Due to Cost

18.2% of those 50-64 Avoid Medical Care or Filling Prescriptions Due to Cost “…Avoidance of Medical Care and Association With Health Insurance Affordability Concerns Approximately 13.2% (95% CI, 11.2%-15.5%) of respondents said that they did not get medical care in the past year because of cost (Table 2). In addition, 11.9% (95% CI, 9.9%-14.1%) reported […]

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Households in Lower 1/5 Income Group Pay Average 34% of Income Toward Healthcare While Highest Income Group Pay 16%

Households in Lower 1/5 Income Group Pay Average 34% of Income Toward Healthcare While Highest Income Group Pay 16% “Burden of Health Care Payments Is Greatest Among Americans with the Lowest Incomes Higher-income American households pay the most to finance the nation’s health care system, but the burden of payments as a share of income […]

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Unmet Need for Physician Services Has Shown No Improvement Since 1998

Despite Coverage Gains Since 1998, Most Measures of Unmet Need for Physician Services Have Shown No Improvement, and Financial Access to Physician Services has Decreased. “Importance  Improvements in insurance coverage and access to care have resulted from the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, a focus on short-term pre- to post-ACA changes may distract attention from longer-term […]

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Failure to Directly Finance Universal Coverage is Cause of Many of the Problems of U.S. Healthcare System

Failure to Directly Finance Universal Coverage is Cause of Many of the Problems of U.S. Healthcare System “The U.S. health care system often works well for persons with financial means and for many providers, but several countries achieve better outcomes at lower costs. This series of articles describes a vision and makes important recommendations to […]

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